(2023) This comes from grey clay loam, and is made from the Mendoza clone with its 'hen and chick' tendency. It was fermented and aged 10 months in 500-litre French oak, 28% new barrels, and partially with wild yeasts. A lovely quality of oak here, fragrant and honeyed, with ripe stone fruits and lemon giving freshness. On the palate there's a soft, crushed almond quality to this, creamy in fruit and texture, a fine citrus core of acidity extending the finish. Price and stockist below are for an earlier vintage.
(2023) Emily McNally and her father Ron Laughton craft much sought-after wines from low-yielding, dry grown vines. Their Shiraz is their calling card but this Fiano shows how well Heathcote can produce fine whites. Pear and apple notes with hints of dried fruit and spice. Ample freshness and good length. Yapp is UK importer, but this wine not currently listed. (GD)
(2023) With budburst in the second week of October, and harvest in late April, this was an unusually long ripening season for specialist Riesling producer, Ros Ritchie. This is a delightfully fresh and lovely example of the varietal with intense lemon blossom and lime notes. A very lengthy finish. No UK stockists at time of review. (GD)
(2022) Soils for this wine are sandy loam over clay, the vines planted in 1994 and the wine wild-fermented and aged in barriques and larger barrels, 20% new. Eight months on the lees with full malolactic. There's a cool and slightly minty character here again, the overall impression cool and restrained. The fruit has a big, sour lemon and grapefruit attack, both fruit and acid. That drives this wine, subduing any idea of tropicality or sweetness, again salty and pithy in the finish in a lean and aesthetic wine.
(2017) Seems far less reductive in style than the 2012, more of a nicely rolling phenolic character over ripe orchard fruits. There's lots of fat lime fruit, but taut acids too, the zip and freshness of citrus, just a lovely texture, sweet edged and flirting with exotic, but the whole thing kept beautifully taut thanks to the cool, clear acidity.
(2017) Lovely nose of creaminess and almond paste smooth nuttiness. The palate beautifully rounded, with super-sweet fruit that's cool and minty though with hints of topicality, a lovely texture and great balancing acidity that stays juicy like sweet apples.