Rich, intense earthy tertiary driven nose. Dry tannic, full bodied wine with some surprising primary fruits of blackberry and plums as well as dark chocolate. Well balanced despite the high tannin. Ageing well. Made by John Ellis before handing the reigns over to his son Robert.
Hanging Rock Heathcote Reserve Shiraz 2009, Heathcote, Vic
Outstanding (Score range 95-100)
Often an internationally recognised, leading brand or winery – but not always! Produces a classic wine that is a faultless representation of the style/variety. Complexity on the nose and a seamless palate are an example of the hallmarks of an outstanding wine.
Highly Recommended (Score range 92-94)
A quality focused wine that has plenty of style. Length of palate and intensity are often key characteristics of highly recommended wines. These producers could be the ones to watch in the future.
Recommended (Score range 89-91)
An above average well-made, reflection of the style/variety, which often represents good value for money.