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2019 Matilda Reserve Shiraz
2019 Matilda Reserve Shiraz

2019 Matilda Reserve Shiraz

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Heathcote is a region renowned for its big, bulbous Shiraz. It can punch you in the face and warm your heart in the winter. And there’s nothing better than a glass of Heathcote Shiraz curled up in front of the fire on a chilly winter’s day.

We always want to make a classic Heathcote Shiraz. One that is refined and delicate, yet smooth and oaky. One that has a lingering finish and complex character. Here is our Matilda Reserve Shiraz.

Made from plump berries sourced from a unique easterly-facing single vineyard in Kimbolton, our 2019 Matilda Reserve Shiraz is one of our boldest Reserves yet.

Harvested by hand in early March, the wine was aged in seasoned French barriques. Following a second racking in late 2019, the wine was transferred to one three-year-old French and two one-year-old American barriques for an additional 5 months, enhancing the vanilla-coconut characteristics.

The wine was bottled in June 2021. Some sediment remains in bottle as the wine was not fined or filtered.

Bottled with natural cork and meticulously hand labelled, this full-flavoured, fruit driven Shiraz has a spicey, white pepper lingering finish.

Region: Heathcote

Sub-region: Kimbolton

Vineyard: Coliban Block

Clone: PT23

Planted: 1996

Altitude: 290m

Density: 3m row spacing, 1.5m vine spacing

Harvested: By hand on 8 March 2019

Baumé: 14.4

PH: 3.54

Yeast: EC1118

Fermented: 2000L open

Aged: In oak, 55% French, 45% American, 23 months

Bottled: Mid June 2021

Bottles: 840

Palate: Black cherry, juicy plum. Deep mulberry with a savoury, white pepper finish. Smooth with soft tannins.

Drinking best: 2021-2031.

P • P • P • Classification: Place.

This wine is a unique depiction of our vineyard in Kimbolton, being one of the cooler regions of the Heathcote GI. A beautifully irrigated south facing block, the fruit for this Shiraz has balanced acidity with body and strength and a spicy pepper palate. Aged in French and American oak for 20 months, followed by 3 months in new American oak to enhance the vanillin sweetness of the fruit.

Tasting notes: 2019 Matilda Reserve Shiraz