Heathcote is situated about 100 km north of Melbourne in Central Victoria at altitudes between 160-380 metres. This is classic rolling Australian countryside punctuated by eucalypts and rounded hills. The defining feature of the region is the ‘Heathcote red snake’ a strip of ancient, deep, red Cambrian soils with good water holding capacity, imparting a distinct and unique flavour profile to Shiraz, the superstar of the region. The region is warm and strongly continental with low rainfall, but enjoys an even temperature range during ripening. Founded in the 1850’s Heathcote was originally a gold rush town. Vines were planted in the 1860’s, but were subsequently decimated by phylloxera with modern day plantings only re-established during the 1960’s. Although best known for its rich tannic powerful Shiraz, Heathcote also produces a wide range of varieties including Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier alongside the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Emerging varieties of Sangiovese and Tempranillo also show great promise.
Heathcote Winery Curagee Shiraz
Heathcote Winery, located on the main drag of Heathcote, has established a good following among wine enthusiasts. The cellar door is a restored miner’s store built by Thomas Craven in 1854. Heathcote was a major centre of goldmining during the mid 19th century.
The winery, which was established in 1983, draws fruit form its own 26 acre vineyard and form various growers around the region. It specialises in Shiraz and Viognier, two varieties that grow especially well in this relatively continental climate. The fragrant Curagee Shiraz (with a splash of Viognier) and richly choco-mint Mail Coach Shiraz are the top market wines with a small but loyal following.
Not to be confused with Heathcote Estate.
Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
ABN: 77 159 767 843. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. No Alcohol can be sold or supplied to anyone under 18. It's against the law. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: WARNING - Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offence: To supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years [Penalty exceeds $19,000]; For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor [Penalty exceeds $800]. License Number: 32055289