Tar & Roses Heathcote Shiraz 2018
- Australia, 750ml
High praise comes in far and wide for this Heathcote Shiraz. Rich deep ruby red. Ripe black and red berry fruits with liquorice, with spice and warm earth. Rhubarb and mulberry flavours on the palate. Mouth filling with fine grainy tannins, well balanced with a clean finish.
- Winery: Tar & Roses - Narelle King (winemaker)
- Varietal: Shiraz
- Region: 90% Heathcote, 10% Central Victoria, Australia
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food match: Lamb roast, chargrilled beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
As with previous vintages, the grapes come from two main vineyards, one off the deep red Cambrian soil, the other from tougher more gravelly ground. The first gives us rich, chocolatey and earthy flavours whilst the other has more highly fragrant notes with good acid and sweet fruit. The wine that results is our take on Heathcote shiraz.
Tar & Roses - Inspired by the Mediterranean. Uniquely Australian.
The original Tar & Roses team of Don Lewis and Narelle King began their winemaking journey in Priorat, Spain, immersing themselves within the classic Mediterranean wine regions and varietals. This sparked an interest in how these varietals could be grown and made back home in their native regions of Central Victoria, Australia.
Tar & Roses reflects the multi-regions of Spain, Italy and Australia, as well as traditional winemaking alongside the new. All Tar & Roses wines are lovingly made using fruit grown in Heathcote, Strathbogie Ranges, King Valley and Priorat, Spain.
"Inspired by Mediterranean grape varietals, our range stretches from the delicious viscous Pinot Grigio to the complex tannic Nebbiolo. It's the little things that make the difference... the care and continued maintenance of the wines during maturation, the constant monitoring of temperature and acid levels during ferment plus the use of quality fruit at the outset combine to ensure a quality wine result. We want to produce wines that have individual flair and are distinctly varietal and reflective of their terroir as grown here in Australia." Narelle King
Don Lewis cemented his name in Australian wine industry history by winning the 1991 Jimmy Watson Trophy. Sadly, 2017 saw the passing of Don Lewis and the final vintage of his legendary career. His legacy lives on in the Tar & Roses tradition of championing Italian and Spanish varietals, helping new world wine drinkers explore new flavours, and in the 'Lewis' Riesling.
- Bronze - NZ International Wine Show (2015 vintage)
- 88/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2007 vintage)
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