2017 was a cooler, wetter year than we have seen recently. For Heathcote this is all good news. Natural rainfall rather than irrigation is better for the soil and therefore better for the vines. The resulting wine is a little more elegant than we're used to however it has a freshness and vibrancy that you don't get from hotter years.
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 vintage came from the middle and more northerly 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.
Awards & Reviews:
93 points- Halliday Wine Companion 2019