By Jonathan H. Newman*
Tar and Roses Shiraz Heathcote Victoria 2014
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
APPELATION: Heathcote, Victoria
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.50%
REVIEWED: July 26, 2016
Tar and Roses has that quintessential Aussie taste profile, as this wine is rich with very generous fruit. This winery from Heathcote, Victoria has been getting a lot of well-deserved praise and has achieved a cult-like status. Winemakers Don Lewis and Narelle King are quite proud of this wine, and point to its sweet fruit, essence of dark chocolate and good acidity. This Shiraz has a dark purple hue. A delicious and polished wine that offers incredible bang for the buck with its mouthwatering, sumptuous taste profile of ripe fruit. The hallmarks of the wine are the intensity, sweet rich oak, generous jammy fruit and persistence. It’s nicely stamped with plum, black cherries, licorice, blueberry jam, dark chocolate, black pepper, shortcrust pastry and roses. The finish is very long with good defined length.
By James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
Tar and Roses Heathcote Shiraz
Winery: Tar Roses
Region: Central Victoria Zone
Drink By: 2029
Date Tasted: 30 Mar 2016
V - Published on 11 Aug 2016
91% Heathcote, 9% Central Victoria, matured in French oak (20% new). An attractive array of juicy red and black fruits, the tannin and oak contributions purely in support mode. Will repay cellaring as the balance is good.
By Tar and Roses
Heathcote Shiraz 2014
From the Winery
Our Shiraz is destemmed and pumped over three times a day. After ten days of fermentation and careful monitoring of acidity and temperatures each fermenter was individually pressed to tank using an airbag press. Racking preceded barrel fermentation for M/L, in French oak of which 20% was new. The grapes come from two main vineyards: one of the deep red Cambrian soil, and one from tougher more gravelly ground. Enjoy now through 2026 with salt crusted well marbled filet with a rich red wine reduction, veal saltimbocca, various game dishes and full bodied rich cheeses.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.