Heathcote Shiraz 2004 95 Points 5 Stars- Weekend Australian- James Halliday
"Up there with the best" - Heathcote Shiraz 2004 95 Points 5 Stars.
THE flagship shiraz ($60, 95 points) is up there with the best. It has the usual deep yet bright colour and multi-layered complexity to the bouquet and palate.
The flavours run through blackberry, spice and cracked pepper, and the tannins are fine and balanced. What sets it apart from previous vintages is its 13 per cent alcohol.
John Ellis would love to achieve ripeness at about 13 per cent to 13.5 per cent every year, but he is not about to pick the grapes if the right flavours haven't developed. T
hus the next in line (the '05), another good wine, will be back to the usual 15 per cent. The difference is not as dramatic as one may expect: some wines can carry higher levels of alcohol without effort, maintaining balance and not showing the hot or jammy characters that mar others beyond 14per cent.
The '04 (with a Diam closure) will live for 20 years if properly cellared.