When it comes to choosing an Australian Shiraz, look no further than Victoria’s home of big reds, Heathcote. What makes the Heathcote region so ideal for creating gutsy red is the Cambrian soil which is perfect for growing dark fruited plump Shiraz grapes. De Bortoli Wines has released Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz which is described as a dark and brooding red, which has taken out a gold medal at the 2016 Heathcote Wine Show before its official release in stores.
According to De Bortoli Wines Chief Wine Maker Steve Webber, the brand wanted to create a full-bodied, texturally mouth-filling red wine that is plump, fruit driven and seriously good for washing down a steak, especially a char grilled rib eye. This is exactly what this trusted wine company achieved.
Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz features an intense dark red colour with a purple edge. Notes of plump, dark fruits such as plums, spice and dried herb fill the palate. It features a rich, mouth filling balanced tannin, with notes of cured meats and flavours of liquorice which are synonymous with wines from the Heathcote region. If you haven’t guessed it, this wine pairs perfectly with a char-grilled rib eye or really any premium cut of grilled red meat. I believe this wine will be popular with men who enjoy a cracking red.
De Bortoli Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz 2015 RRO $24.85. Available from leading independent liquor retailers in Australian now. Woodfired is also the first wine to feature the family-owned winery’s new brand identity which launched late August.
For the Wine Connoisseur
Winemaking Process: This gusty red has been crafted using selected parcels of fruit from Northern Heathcote’s Chinaman’s Blend, Corop and Colbinabbin areas.
Winemaker: Steve Webber
Tasting Notes: Plump dark fruits, plums, spice and dried rich herb. Rich mouth-filling, balanced tannin, cured meats and liquorice.
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
Cellaring: Perfect for enjoying now