2009 was an extremely hot and dry vintage in Heathcote – which is the region that the label bears. There’s a little Viognier and Shiraz from the cooler King Valley in the mix, presumably as a means of amelioration.
Sweet and packed with berry compote and stewed plum flavour. It feels glossy and commercial more than it does arid or warm. Pepper, cloves and gum leaf all chime in. Requisite tannin, not a great deal of structure or form. It’s a bit of reach considering what it will set you back. 87
Tasted: April 2014