The intensely coloured and flavoured shiraz wines of Heathcote are without compare. Discover the inimitable style of this Victorian region with the three excellent examples here.
2016 Sanguine Estate Inception Shiraz
Reviewer Jane Faulkner says: The new French oak has been bolstered to 30 per cent, all up aged 18 months, mostly whole-bunches and extended skin maceration so overall this is more concentrated, but it never gets bogged down. A delicious balance of good fruit, spice and savoury nuances working across its fuller-bodied palate where it meets up with ripe tannins and a long finish.
RRP $40 | 2031 | Sanguine Estate
2015 Condie The Max Shiraz
Winemaker Richie Condie says: The Max is our premium shiraz, which is fruit-selected, vinified separately, barrel-selected, and matured in Seguin Moreau barriques for 20 months - it’s the best of our best. A complex, rich and lifted shiraz, with cherry, plum and blackberry fruit characters followed by dark chocolate, a touch of lingering Middle Eastern spice, incredible length and fine-yet-firm tannins in the classic Heathcote style. A pleasure now, and a treasure in five to seven years.
RRP $50 | 2025 | Condie Estate
2016 Merindoc Shiraz
Owner Stephen Shelmerdine says: This amphitheatre block, planted in 1994, is nestled among old gold diggings above McIvor Creek – the site of some of the first 19th century vineyards in Tooborac. Hand-picked fruit from mature vines is whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented, macerated and aged in all French oak. The colour is a deep, dark red, and the fragrance of raspberries, violets and bay leaf. The palate has plush, dark fruits, great texture and a long, fine-grained tannin finish.
RRP $49 | 2025 | Merindoc Vintners
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