2018 Heathcote Collection Shiraz
The origins of Mitchelton date back to first vine plantings in 1969 and has since become a well-known destination in Central Victoria, symbolised by the iconic Ashton Tower standing proud at 55 metres.
Dark Crimson red with bright purple hues. Lifted aromas of fresh mulberries, blackberries and dark plums along with aromatic French oak influence. A palate revealing complex layers of blood plum, blackberry, liquorice along with dark chocolate and exotic oak spice characters. Soft and supple fruit tannins are partnered with structured fine grained French oak, adding palate length and balance to the deep core of concentrated fruit.
Since its establishment in August 1969, Mitchelton has an uncompromising commitment to viticulture and winemaking in developing an intimate understanding of the unique climate and soils that are intrinsic to our distinguished Central Victorian vineyards.
Hand-picked fruit from 25yo vines at Toolleen, crushed and destemmed with some whole berries included. Open ferment with cultured yeast, 18 days on skins, pressed direct to barrel, for mlf and 18 months' maturation in French oak barriques (40% new). The progression from Nagambie Lakes to Heathcote 'next door' was a natural one for the Ryan family. Winemaker, Andrew Santarossa captures the richness and intrigue of the region's No. 1 grape very well, pursuing a plush, modern, oak-driven style requiring extensive time in bottle. Dark berries, plum cake, aniseed, dark chocolate panforte and savoury, spicy oak, with firm tannins. Looking a treat now and still a long way to go. Drink to: 2031;
Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion