Fresh spring rainfall just below the long-term average fell with severe frost is some parts of Heathcote of which the Greenstone vineyard escaped. The summer was dry, warm but not extreme with very cool nights; red wines clearly lead the field, with extremely good colours, high natural acidity and bright flavours. Excellent vintage very much like 2012.
Demi 2014: Over delivering is the name of the game! Finesse, texture and tannin.
Deep dark crimson and purple in colour. Intense perfume of lifted Asian spice, ground coffee beans, earth, gun smoke powder and bright cool red fruits, think wild raspberries and cherries. The palate shows classic Heathcote ‘terrior’ of savoury dried herbs, spice and black olive paste, very fine tannin, balanced red and dark fruits leading though with a long savoury finish. It’s all about texture meets tannin. The natural acidity keeps the wine fresh and alive.
Adam Foster is chef-turned-sommelier-turned-winemaker and seems to be really finding some glide to his stride. This is sourced from the Greenstone Vineyard in Heathcote, sees some whole bunch in the ferment and is sent to mostly older oak.
Great drinking here. Has glossiness to texture, a gossamer feel from satiny tannins, yet a strictness that cinches the wine in. It smells of red berries on briar, licorice, pepper and violets. It’s sweetish to taste but an amaro herb-like character makes the wine more interesting. There’s a lightness and freshness to the wine that drags you back in, and yes, even from Heathcote. Satisfying light to medium weight shiraz expression.
Mike Bennie, Wine Front