Needed some time to open up. Then lots of spice (white pepper) show up, black fruits, leather and some heat. On the palate it is quite focused and full bodied. The question remains if it will someday obtain a higher score or beeing at its plateau right now... Still a very nice, classical old world shiraz with the power of heathcote.
A young purple in the glass. At 15% alcohol, this is a full-throttle Heathcote Shiraz, with black fruit, eucalyptus, mint, licorice, spice, smoke and chocolate present on the nose and palate. There's plenty of concentration and extraction here and the wine has quite a rounded mouthfeel. There is enough acidity to keep some focus, and there are a bucket load of tannins that need to soften. The finish is a little drying and astringent with a hint of heat. This needs at least 5-7 more years.
Drank a couple of bottles of this towards the end of dinner. Still far too young but I won't be stocking up. Nose of coal, prunes, spice and licorice, touch porty. Thick to drink, with rich prunes and tar. Tannins rip through the finish with a bit of spirit. Heathcote always teeters on the edge; for me this goes a touch too far.
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