The Members Reserve wines are created by Hanging Rock’s winemaker Robert Ellis, overseen by owner John Scott Ellis (JSE) exclusively for our loyal Wine Club Members. Each year Rob keeps the best shiraz parcel from our valued Heathcote grape growers to make this wine.
2019 was one of those hot and dry years. Years like these have their pluses and minuses. On the plus side we don't have to worry about things like diseases. It's very easy to run a vineyard organically in a year like this. There's also plenty of sunshine to ripen the grapes, so the resulting wine has plenty of intensity, complexity and fruit flavour. Luckily the vineyard used for this wine has irrigation, although being in Heathcote we didn't need a lot of it. The heavy, ancient clay soil retains soil moisture really well.
Each year Rob reserves the right to play with roughly 20% of the wine to suit the wine to the growing conditions of that year. Whilst 2019 was dry, it wasn't that hot. We really didn't see many days over 35 degrees at all. This meant the vines powered through ripening and the resulting wine lacked a little plushness and tannin structure. To bolster the wine Rob decided to add some Heathcote Cabernet to the blend. The result is a better structured wine. The wine was finished off in a mixture of new and second use French oak for 12 months.
Colour: Deep red with a cherry red and slightly purple hue.
Nose: Rich plum and cherry aromas with floral notes along with all spice.
Palate: Juicy plum and black 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. The finish is long and complex with a lushness and savouriness all at once. To us, this feeling of power with elegance is a quintessential tell-tale of a well-made Heathcote wine.