"Very dark crimson. Salty, meaty nose. Initially it seems so much more evolved than its French stablemates. Though it's still pretty dry and tight on the end... Spice and liquorice. Lots to chew on. Embryonic - probably much more lift and potential than some of its peers. Lots of sunshine. "
James Suckling - 92/100
"This is fresh and complex with crushed berries and clean notes of flowers and slate on the nose and palate. Full-bodied yet tight and very balanced with firm tannins and a linear and long finish. Shows drive and energy at the end. Holding on nicely. Drink now."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
redcurrant, leather, red crushed berries with a hint of toffee, incense and curry.
this is a powerful and generous wine expressing itself with delicacy thanks to a very delicate tannic structure. Intense flavors of ripe fruits and spices combined to a fine acidity – a hyphen between richness and strength reflecting perfectly the terroir of Heathcote.
The crop is manually harvested at maturity, avoiding over-maturation.
Red soil from the Cambrian Period.
The grapes are 100% destemmed. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks. Vat times are long (from 4 to 6 weeks) and a gentle extraction is performed by pumping-over. It aims at obtaining fine and delicate tannins.
Ageing 100% in French oak barrels with low proportion of new oaks (10-15%) for 14 months.