2012 Red Claw Heathcote Shiraz

red claw shirazDense, black fruited, sweet and structured Heathcote Shiraz. Seriously built with a clip of oak and strict tannic form.

In barrel for a total of fifteen months (100% French, 20% new – 60% 300L hogsheads and the rest barriques)

A bit of whole bunch work as well. Perfumed and spicy with a distinctly peppery note. Mocha accents. Seriously built with a little warmth…although nothing too distracting. A wine that will benefit from a decent stint in the cellar yet presents as balanced in its youth. 90+

Region: Heathcote
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $25
Tasted: October 2013


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2 Responses to 2012 Red Claw Heathcote Shiraz

  1. Colin r says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    On the subject of heathcote shiraz I recently tried two at different sittings, the first was a Redesdale shiraz 2002 ish at a restaurant in Kyneton. The molasses character both not he nose and on the palate was overpowering, so much so that it was extremely difficult to detect much else.
    The second was a Seppelts mt. Ida shiraz 2005 At seppelts tasting room at Great Western over Xmas. Again the molasses was overpowering. Can you explain where this quality originates from . On both these occasions I didn’t enjoy the experience one bit.

    As always thanks in advance.
    Colin r

  2. Hi Colin – I’m afraid I can’t be of much assistance here. I haven’t come across any research on molasses flavours and aromas in wine but it could possibly be that you are picking up on a regional character that I haven’t noticed before. I also suspect that it could have something to do with ripeness but I couldn’t be certain. My apologies.

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