A mate who happens to be a rep dropped this off recently. He told me he had something 'special' for me. This type of comment generally has me ducking for cover - he knows my love (I use that term loosely) for Sauv Blanc and he has form dropping off a bottle of Gossips for kicks - his, not mine.
So this Journey Wines Heathcote Shiraz is hand delivered instead - lovely! He had a bounce in his step. I could tell it was something worth looking forward to. And it is. An absolutely delicious drop from a producer I know little about - I love that.
Off the famed Greenstone vineyard, 25% whole bunches are used, wild yeast fermentation and 33% new French oak.
Enjoyment factor is cranked high. Medium bodied, handfuls of dark berries and plums are thrown at you. Dig deeper to find some cedar and delicate spice. Reddish Heathcote earth plays its hand but it's the business class ride which screams to recline the chair and indulge. The whole bunches add a classy savoury drive ensuring a clever balance alongside the fruit. Soft, plush and long, a wine you could sit on for a while and be satisfied by its generosity.
Drink now to eight years.
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