Located in Central Victoria (Australia), the Heathcote wine region is an important centre for Shiraz production. The dark-skinned grape variety is deep, rich and velvety, with cascades of dark cherry plum and sweetly spicy characteristics. The high tannins give texture, sustaining length and a superb ability to age. In addition, the region also produces other wine varieties that showcase regional diversity. The popular names include Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Grenache, Sangiovese, and Marsanne.
The dry and warm climate provides the ideal conditions for the production of quality grapes. A range of red grape varieties thrives in low rainfall combined with Heathcote’s ancient red Cambrian soil. While they drain freely, enough water is held in the soil to sustain the vine throughout the ripening period, and there is rarely a need for irrigation in the region.
The resulting small, concentrated grapes make rich concentrated wines. The soils are also considered as important because they transmit deep inherent characters–almost a sense of place or terroir–to the wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most important red grape variety in the region, while Merlot is used mainly as a blending portion with Cabernet.
The oldest Shiraz vines on the Cambrian soil were planted by Albino Zuber in the late 1960s on a site that has now been acquired by Shadowfax Winery. Wineries in the Heathcote region include Merindoc, McIvor Estate, Heathcote Winery, Wild Duck Creek, Sanguine, Humis Vineyard and many more.
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