Greenstone Shiraz Heathcote 2008
I have a mission to taste more Aussie wines from the smaller artisanal producers working in the lesser known regions, which are now greatly underappreciated and often represent a good value access to wines with unique character.
This Shiraz is from the Heathcote region, which is part of Victoria, located north of Melbourne. Heathcote is home to the oldest soil in Australia, at 500 million years – Cambrian pulverized rock. Along with the Cambrian soils you will also find granite and silty gravel.
A wine with fresh, fruity aromatics all the way from black fruits to dark cherry. The wine has nice body with fruit now driving the wine but, thankfully, with restraint. Savory elements come through on the finish, making this an interesting shiraz that is distinctly Australian but less bombastic than what we’ve become familiar with here. My largest complaint is that the wine comes across fairly disjointed and the alcohol is a bit unbalanced despite the fact it is only 13.5%. Thus, while interesting, it is not worth the price charged in this market.
~$50 at Kits Wine