Duck Muck 2013
Heathcote, Wild Duck Creek, 750 ml
Touches of blackcurrant and violet on the nose, plenty of complexity and very well integrated oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a nice structure and good fruit concentration of ripe fruit, blackcurrant jelly, plum and eucalyptus. The finish is long with smooth, well-integrated tannins. Balanced acidity gives it character and elegance, the sign of a good wine with ageing potential.
|Origin:||Australia / Victoria / Heathcote|
|Grape variety:||Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Ripening potential:||8 to 20 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Vinification:||Punching down, use of traditional basket press|
|Harvest:||strict selection, selecting the grapes (by hand)|
|Maturation:||in new barriques|
|Maturation duration:||24 months|
A hint of pepper
The legend stubbornly persists that the Syrah variety came from the Persian city of Shiraz. Yet, researchers have shown that it is a natural crossing of two old French varieties: the red Dureza from the Rhône Valley and the white Mondeuse blanche from Savoy. Wines from Syrah are gentle and concentrated. They smell of dark berries, violets and liquorice, and amaze with a piquant touch of white pepper. As varietal wines, they are found on the northern Rhone, as in the Hermitage or Côte Rôtie appellations, as well as in Swiss Valais. In the southern Rhône Valley, Syrah is often wedded with Grenache and Mourvèdre. In 1832, a Frenchman brought the variety to Australia, where it became the emblem of the national wine industry. There, the weightiest versions develop with typical notes of tar and chocolate.
The backbone of Bordeaux
The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the Bordeaux its backbone, yielding deep violet wines with powerful tannins and endless ripening potential. It is the top dog in Médoc, and is placed in all five premier crus of Bordelais. When young, it often appears strict and unapproachable, but with advancing years, its tannins round off. It is wonderfully velvety, and yet always maintains its freshness. Typical flavours include cassis, graphite and cedar. Wherever Cabernet Sauvignon is found, Merlot is not far away. It complements the robust structure of Cabernet with softness, fruit and richness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the most-exported vine in the world. It delivers persuasive qualities in Italy as an ingredient of the Super Tuscan, or as the flagship variety from California. There, it is lovingly titled “Cab Sauv”. Meat fans should be aware that it fantastically accompanies a grilled entrecôte. The family tree of Cabernet Sauvignon is surprising: its parents are Cabernet Franc and the white Sauvignon blanc.
Heathcote: Ein Terroir für Shiraz und mehr
Ein Gürtel aus verschiedenen Weinregion umschliesst im Bundesstaat Victoria die Millionen-Metropole Melbourne. Noch wenig bekannt sind die Appellationen in Central Victoria, die sich nördlich von Melbourne im Landesinnern befinden. Dabei hat gerade hier in den letzten Jahrzehnten eine dynamische Qualitätsentwicklung stattgefunden. Im ländlichen Heathcote etwa, reifen in einem gemässigten Klima auf rot schimmernden Verwitterungsböden kräftige, aber gut strukturierte Shiraz-Weine von mittlerem Alkoholgehalt.
Victoria: amazing variety
The wine region of Victoria, which surrounds the Melbourne metropolis, often stands in the shadow of South Australia. This is economically justifiable, as the 17,000 hectares planted with vines in Victoria amount to only a quarter of South Australia's cultivation area. On the other hand, Victoria is untouchable in terms of the diversity of its wines. In various climate zones, one can discover Burgundian Pinot Noirs, fully structured Shirazes and sweet wines that have matured for decades. Victoria is a true magician’s cabinet of Australian wines.
Australia – A rapid rise to the international elite.
Australia, separated from the other continents by oceans for roughly 50 million years, has almost two hundred years of viticulture history. For a long time, Australians pressed their wines for their own use, with simple, undemanding vines. But later the country began to specialize in classic, European varieties. And with great success –Australian wines today enjoy great prestige and are consumed worldwide..