2016 was a very interesting year. We are used to hot dry years, a decade of drought has resulted in intense wines with higher alcohols. We would love to see more wines with lower alcohol, intensity and elegance, the way Heathcote should be. This is that year. 2016 wasn’t a cool year per se, the average temperature was normal and the overnight temperatures were higher than they had ever been. At the same time, we didn’t have a single day over 40 degrees, very unusual for the area. This resulted in the vines having no reason to slow down or indeed shut down, the grapes ripened overnight and never had to slow down due to heat spikes during the day. This meant that we picked the grapes off our Athols Paddock vineyard on the 4th February, close to the earliest on record.
Cambrian Rise will always include components from a number of Heathcote Shiraz vineyards and its composition will vary from vintage to vintage. Being a slightly cooler year the majority of the fruit for this vitnage came from the middle and more northly part of the region.
Colour: Deep red with a cherry red and slightly purple hue.
Nose: Intense all spice and cedar aromas with notes of chocolate and cherries.
Palate: Plum, spice and white pepper are the dominate flavours of the wine, however the most exciting thing is the texture and structure. The velvet tannin blend so well with the round lush mouth feel of the wine. To us, this feeling of power with elegance is a quintessential tell-tale of a well made Heathcote wine.