Max Allen Heathcote Shiraz passes the strength test. The Weekend Australian GOLD MEDAL Heathcote Shiraz 2000 Royal Queensland Show
The great, strong Shiraz wines from Jasper Hill, Wild Duck Creek, Red Edge and others have proved over the past couple of decades that there is an intimate affinity between the variety and the central Victorian region of Heathcote. This week I look at three new Heathcote shirazes that should both enhance and broaden that view.
The Macedon Ranges winery, Hanging Rock, has been over the years, the vineyard source for that wine has changed and in 2000 it was sourced from a total of five vineyards, but predominantly from one owned by foundation Seekers member Athol Guy, located like David Anderson of Wild Duck Creek, winemaker John Ellis is not restricting himself to sourcing fruit from vineyards planted in the deep red Cambrian soil of the region, believing that the other, sandier, more gravely soils the 2000 Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz ($55) is very oaky indeed, but there is a huge core of ripe, deep will soak up the oak and begin to show its true gorgeousness.