For the Christmas table or summer feast with friends.
Food and wine matching in the holiday season is always a challenge, with so many beautiful dishes on the table - often served all at once. Fear not, we have you covered. Whether you’re looking for a perfect partner to prawns or crayfish, Christmas ham, your favourite roast, or perhaps a well-stocked cheese board – this selection of wines will hold you in good stead for the year’s greatest feasts!
Tom has chosen these six wines from our cellar, selected because they are drinking beautifully right now. Whilst they will continue to reward careful cellaring for years to come, they are ‘in the zone’ and ready to crack open this summer.
From a classic vintage on the Mornington Peninsula, this wine shows great delicacy and finesse. A fine, dry aperitif style, the extended time on lees imparts wonderful complexity and texture. Pure and with incredible line and length, the wine has a poised, lingering finish.
A cool, elegant year produced some of our most pristine and detailed chardonnay to date. Now three years old, this wine is showing wonderful expression of fruit - a beautiful way to start lunch – serve it with oysters or cured ocean trout.
James Halliday rated it 96 points on release and said “There's not a solitary hair out of place in this perfectly delineated and balanced wine, the fusion between fruit, oak and acidity absolute. All of that said, it is the white peach and cashew fruit that sits at the heart of the wine, and will always remain so.”
Made using 50% whole bunches, this Block 5 Pinot Noir has started to unfurl in the past few months and it’s really beginning to sing! Fragrant and fine, it’s a wine to linger over.
James Halliday named it one of his Top 100 wines of 2017, rating it 97 points and saying: "High-toned spicy notes are the cornerstone of a highly expressive and elegant wine, providing a launch pad for the silky, elegant but long and insistent palate. Rolls Royce cellaring."
Ralphe Kyte-Powell of The Age said "It’s hard to single out a wine from the great pinots made in the great 2015 vintage on the peninsula, but I was rather seduced by this; lovely, concentrated, glossy black cherry fruit and firm but super fine and balanced tannins. An impressive pinot to drink now, but will develop beautifully in the cellar."
An exceptional vintage of this silky, medium-bodied style syrah. 2015 brought warmer conditions and exceptional balance in the wines. tightly structured and powerfully long 2015.
From a warmer vintage bringing exceptional balance, a lifted, delicately perfumed and spicy Syrah, medium-bodied in style. The palate is tightly structured and powerfully long, concentrated, silky, with wonderful elegance and depth.
James Halliday 96 points:
“The fragrant, spicy fruit-driven bouquet opens the door to the immaculately crafted medium-bodied palate, where spicy red and black cherry fruit is draped on a scaffold of fine-grained tannins and integrated French oak. As usual, a lovely wine.”
The 2014 vintage is all about balance, mouthfeel and intensity of flavour, a vintage that has wonderful appeal now, but will evolve slowly but surely as Heathcote Estate has proven time and time again. The wine is exceptionally poised with excellent balance and concentration. The palate is seamless, elegant and plush, with beautifully ripe tannins.
95 POINTS James Halliday Wine Companion 2015
This Heathcote Shiraz was crafted with minimal intervention in the winery to ensure it reflects the spirit of the season and the vineyard. The resulting wine is extremely fragrant with violets, liquored dark berries, earth, gun flint and loads of spice. The palate is beautifully poised and forthright, deep, fine, intensely concentrated and with the silkiest texture and length.
96 POINTS James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013