Bress Heathcote Shiraz 2005

I have to say I’m not very familiar with Victorian wines, and as a relatively new South Australian, I’ve become somewhat snobbish about our great Shiraz wines.

Well, last week we had the pleasure of being introduced to the hand-crafted loveliness of the Bress Heathcote Shiraz 2005 at Sparrow Kitchen and Bar (more on the restaurant itself in a future post). For someone used to the big, bold and earthy Shiraz of the Barossa or McLaren Vale, it was a bit of a shock to taste one more akin to an Oregon Pinot than what I would normally call a Shiraz.

The Bress website describes it as:

  • Colour: An intense and vibrant pungent crimson, almost ink blue
  • Aroma: The wine offers a complex array of fruit aromas of black fruit, spice, cloves and plum. The oak aromas are of char and vanillian spice
  • Palate: The wine is tightly packed full of black fruit, spice, cloves, and plum. The oak characters are beautifully integrated into the wine, giving the wine structure and adding power, balance and a savoury richness.

but I think I could sum it up as a ‘light, yet complex and round wine not dominated by fruit, but with a subtle spice that is balanced beautifully by a lingering finish’.

The sommelier at Sparrow, Dan, picked this excellent wine and vintage to go with my eclectic selection of tapas, and well, the wine was the best part of the meal. If you’re looking for an amazing Shiraz that doesn’t easily fall into any typical Australian categories, give this one a go.

I have no idea what the 2006 is like, but I reckon it’ll be pretty good too.



~ by Groggy on 27/01/2009.

2 Responses to “Bress Heathcote Shiraz 2005”

  1. The Bress Shiraz is very pleasant. Too many of the wines from the shiraz vintages from Heathcote taste like an old tobacco tin with a few chocolate shavings in them. The Two Hands Max’s Vineyard, like the Bress, is very nice, despite some poor reviews.

    There have been recent Phylloxera oubreaks in Victoria which will decrease production. If you go to the wineries obey the signage, do not transport high risk material and clean your footwear. Check before you go.


  2. […] creamy SA goat’s cheese, salty anchovies and fresh thyme. This is where we discovered the Bress Shiraz (read here how we benefited from Dan the sommelier’s expansive wine knowledge). I finished […]

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