2014 Dominique Portet Shiraz
This was our second vintage with new destemming and sorting equipment. We love the extra refinement it lends to our Shiraz. Stems, green berries and overripe fruit are removed from the equation, leaving only healthy, ripe, intact berries. This makes for a harmonious, focused wine with lower alcohol. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 25 days in order build silky tannins and develop the structure to age. We then matured the wine for 15 months in tight-grained French oak barrels, of which 25% were new.
Bright crimson-purple, although not particularly deep; this a beautifully weighted and detailed shiraz, reflecting Heathcote in a favourable vintage after many difficult years of drought and flood; it has a marvellously supple, medium-bodied palate, and effortless length.
96 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion