Shiraz Viognier Heathcote Victoria
The key to making a great wine lies in the creation of a great vineyard that's managed by dedicated growers. Mount Camel Ridge was planned and executed in just such a manner, to establish a site which can yield controlled amounts of the most resplendent Shiraz wine. Yields are kept low and the property is farmed to sustainable land management techniques, the results are worth the painstaking efforts. Already integrated and drinking beautifully now, Mount Camel Ridge exudes a lively lifted nose due to the inclusion of a judicious amount of Viognier.
Mt Camel's vineyard is blessed by idyllic terrain and growing seasons. The grapes ripen evenly and in beautiful condition, a wholistically managed vineyard, there is never any adjustment of pH. All vines are cane pruned, the number of buds are kept to what is deemed appropriate for each, with low yields of exceptional fruit being the aim, a single tonne per acre. Mount Camel Ridge is a dryland vineyard and drippers have never been installed. The grapes are hand picked, fermented naturally in 500kg open vats, hand plunged, basket pressed and matured under a selection of seasoned and new French oak. Mt Camel is racked two to three times during fifteen to twenty months of maturation, lightly fined but unfiltered.
Dark red colour. Fresh blueberry, blackberry and plum preserve aromas offer impressive precision before a slow mounting degree of aromatic spiciness before a solid, generously flavoured palate. Orange blossom and white pepper flavours, characters of chocolate and dark plum combine into a powerful yet beautifully balanced wine with a touch of sweetness, culminating in a clean dry finish, clean pomegranate acids and finely grained tannins. A Shiraz of beauty, individuality and finesse that reflects the terroir, grape variety and climes from which it came.