Heathcote Gold Diggers 2020

After hauling through 140 Shiraz at the Heathcote Wine Show last week, here’s what we found – the best Heathcote Shirazes are ebullient and charismatic, laden with flavours of ferrous and ironstone. Their tannins dark and minerally and their acidity a welcome saline sweep.

Add to this gifted DNA, perfectly ripe grapes and some judicious winemaking  – perhaps a flirt with whole bunch, reduction and French oak –  and you have exemplars of world-class Shiraz.

Gone are the days when fruit is left too long to ripen and overambitious oak use swamps the dark core of fruit.  The fruit precision and clarity on these wines are superb.

Hot off the press, here are three of the regions finest.  All three ran away with golds and two claimed trophies.  This trio represents some of the best and most affordable shiraz of the region.

Never boastful or exuberant, they don’t reveal all at once. They’re a delicious tease, so sit with them in a big glass if you’ve time and can resist.

While most Victorian wine shows have been passed over this year, it was great to see the locals all helping and doing their part – pouring, polishing and feeding us judges.

The vines know no difference, there’s still wine to be made. And with life slowly returning to normal, it’s time to gather round your friends and share some nice bottles. Include these in the line-up.

We’ve priced these wines sharply, it pays to buy in dozen lots as shipping is included.  At these prices they are affordable and will reward being tucked away for a year or two.