Heathcote Estate are on a bit of a run going back to the 2009 F Block Shiraz. These are structured wines of substance and built for the cellar. You’d want to give them a serious decant before attacking them in their youth.
I suspect a part of the success of this wine lies in the conditions over the three previous years. It was hot and dry between 2007 and 2009. In 2010 the weather took a favourable turn and the rain in 2011 can’t have hurt the vines. Depth of black fruited flavour, a chassis of savoury high-grade oak, commanding tannic form. Full-bodied but not thick or soupy. Flows well, has some energy. A minor level of warmth but nothing distracting to my tastes. The finish is long and flinty. 94+
Tasted: May 2014