Whitebox Heathcote Shiraz 2013
The 2013 growing season in Heathcote proved to be excellent for Shiraz. Perfect weather during flowering ensured optimal crop levels. Rainfall was reasonable and fell at regular intervals, and temperatures were slightly above average
The Shiraz fruit for this wine was sourced from our family-owned Heathcote vineyard at the base of the Mount Camel range. Each vineyard block was fermented separately in traditional open fermenters, and given varying levels of maceration to enhance complexity and give a wide array of flavours and textures to the final blend. Malo-lactic fermentation and maturation in new and old French oak and temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for periods varying from six to eighteen months (dependent on wine structure) followed, prior to assemblage of the finished wine.
The 2013 Whitebox Heathcote Shiraz is deep purple in colour highlightingall of th hlmaks of a great vintage in the region. The nose hows a intense bouquet with aromas of red fruit, chocolate and leather The palate is typical Whiteox; rich, intense nd complex with flavous f plm, blackberr and spice supported by French oak and a lingering finish.
Whitebox wines are fashioned with respect to terroir and tradition. Drinking well now, this wine will continue to develop in the bottle for many years to come.
We recommend serving this wine with rich red meat dishes or strongly flavoured cheeses. It is equally at home with a barbeque, or a hearty winter casserole. The combination of fruit intensity and completely ripe tannins makes it extremely versatile as a food match.