|Wine Sub Category||Syrah / Shiraz|
Vineyards from several sections of Heathcote were selected from Corop, Chinamans Bend and Colbinabbin. The ancient red Cambrian soils of Northern Heathcote are ideal for dark fruited, plump red Shiraz.
I first drove up through Northern Heathcote 20 years ago, when people were just beginning to plant Shiraz in the deep red soils on an east-facing slope of Mount Camel Range. Now that slope is home to dozens of Vineyards, including a large one belonging to De Bortoli. The warm conditions in this part of the world are perfect for growing fully-ripe, flavour-packed Shiraz grapes and Steve Webber and the winemaking team at De Bortoli have done everything they can “including splashing the wine around from barrel to barrel to aerate it during its maturation and before bottling to soften the edges and make it supple and ready to drink as soon as it’s released“, as the name suggests with something succulent cooked on a woodfired grill.
Max Allen, Degustation for Dignity, Oct 2019