“Award Winning” Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz 2018 Heathcote

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Vineyards from several sections of Heathcote were selected from Corop, Chinamans Bend, and Colbinabbin. The ancient red Cambrian soils of Northern Heathcote are ideal for dark fruited, plump red Shiraz.

Deep red with a purple edge. Plump, dark fruits, fennel and olive spice, dark chocolate. Soft, rich, plump, balanced tannin, cured meats, wild spice, authentically Heathcote.

Destemmed and fermented at 25-30°C over 6-8 days. Pressed and matured in vats and casks for 8 months. Racked and aerated regularly to soften the wine. Vineyards carefully selected for a balance of fruit weight and ripeness.

Alc/Vol: 14.5% pH: 3.69 TA: 6.1g/L

Lovely drinking now. Will be delicious in 3-5 years in a good cellar.


Chargrilled lamb racks, or woodfired Napoletana pizza.

2019 Riverina Open Wine Show, Most popular Premium Red - Trophy
2020 The Asian Syrah Masters - Gold Medal
2020 The Berliner Wine Trophy - Gold Medal
2019 Riverina Open Wine Show - Gold Medal
2020 UK International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) - Silver Medal
2020 UK International Wine Challenge - Silver Medal
2019 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge - Silver Medal
2019 Cowra Wine Show - Silver Medal
2019 Drinks Business Global Syrah Masters - Silver Medal
2019 Heathcote Wine Show - Silver Medal
2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Bronze Medal

I first drove up through Northern Heathcote 20 years ago, when people were just beginning to plant Shiraz in the deep red soils on an east-facing slope of Mount Camel Range. Now that slope is home to dozens of Vineyards, including a large one belonging to De Bortoli. The warm conditions in this part of the world are perfect for growing fully-ripe, flavour-packed Shiraz grapes and Steve Webber and the winemaking team at De Bortoli have done everything they can – including splashing the wine around from barrel to barrel to aerate it during its maturation and before bottling – to soften the edges and make it supple and ready to drink as soon as it’s released. Preferably – as the name suggests – with something succulent cooked on a woodfired grill.

Degustation for Dignity October 2019
“De Bortoli’s Woodfired Shiraz 2018 is a plush and rich Heathcote style. It’s weighty and bold showing vanillin and spice from six to eight months on oak with powerful mulberry, blackberry, and baked earth fruits. It’s complex, rich, ripe and juicy on the palate – with layers of sweet berry fruits with a touch of classic stony complexity and supple tannins. Delicious now it has the power and structure to drink well over the next three to five years.”

Drinkstrade October 2019