Return to previous page
RegionHeathcote, VIC
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourMedium purple with crimson hues
AromaSpicy blueberry and redcurrant fruits combine with complex notes of charcuterie, with fresh biscuity oak and subtle whole bunch lift.
PalateA well-balanced medium bodied Shiraz, with great purity of supple red and blue fruits supported by fine, skeletal graphite Heathcote tannins.
Growing ConditionsChosen from a selection of two block parcels from Colbinabbin Estate in Northern Heathcote.Both blocks lay on classic Heathcote Cambrian red soils with varying rock levels of greenstone, buckshot & quartz.These ancient soils combine with the warm climate to deliver Shiraz grapes of great concentration, red fruit brightness, with supple, yet fine granite like tannins. 2012 saw excellent spring rains and a generally mild summer. The combination of low crop levels and mild conditions during the ripening period, together with cool nights and good canopy size were all conducive to excellent flavour development and the retention of natural acidity in the fruit.
Vinification/MaturationAll the fruit was carefully handpicked in the cool of the morning then quickly transported to the winery, where the fruit was carefully destemmed into open top fermenters, with up to 40% whole bunch included. A minimum period of 15 days allowed good concentration of flavours during fermentation, with great skin contact via plunging daily which was then pressed off into barrel. All batches were matured separately in French oak puncheons for 16 months with a maximum new oak percentage of 40%. Following this, the blend was carefully assembled and gently fined in preparation for bottling.
Alcohol/Vol14%
pH3.4pH
Acidity (TA)6.42 g/L
Bottles per Case12
Peak DrinkingDrinking well now, however will reach its potential over the next two to four years with careful cellaring.
Recommended Food PairingSlow-cooked pulled beef wrap with tomato salsa
From Colbinabbin in the north of the Heathcote region. It's in rude good health, brimful of blackberry and plum with sandalwood and clove notes as appropriate foils. Supple tannin keeps it all from getting unruly.
94 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2017

The Heathcote wine region in Victoria is one of the premier Shiraz growing regions in Australia. The combination of the warm climate and the classic Cambrian red soils product outstanding Shiraz fruit which goes into the new Tightrope Walker Shiraz.

Weight 16 kg
Dimensions 37 x 28 x 36 cm

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Tightrope Walker Heatcote Shiraz 2012”

Recommended Wines

.
.

7 in stock

This prestigious wine takes its name, “1877”, from the year 1st generation winemaker, Samuel McWilliam, planted the winery’s first vines in Corowa NSW and McWilliam’s...

11 in stock

With a philosophy to source top quality fruit from a single, meticulously managed vineyard, McWilliam’s Single Vineyard delivers distinctly elegant & balanced wines. The 2014 vintage...

3 in stock

With a philosophy to source top quality fruit from a single, meticulously managed vineyard, McWilliam’s Single Vineyard delivers distinctly elegant & balanced wines. The 2014 vintage...

6 in stock

By the light of a gas lantern, the first vintage of Mount Pleasant was created. It was 1921 and Maurice O?Shea wasn?t afforded the luxury...

5 in stock

McWilliam’s champions the use of grapes planted in high altitude/cool-climate regions to deliver quality wines with crisp, fruit-driven flavours and our flagship McWilliam’s 842 Chardonnay...