Heirloom, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
The Barossa takes its name from the Barossa Ridge in Andalucia, Spain. The latter was the site of a British victory over the French during the Napoleonic Wars. The former aide-de-camp of the victorious British commander was appointed Surveyor-General of the new colony of South Australia in 1836, and named this area, though the spelling was misrecorded by an official hence it being known as the Barossa region with one “r”. Heirloom Vineyards is a venture of the loveable couple Zar and Elena Brooks. Their aim is to preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine (Europe), the unique old vineyards of South Australia and to champion the best clones of each grape variety that they plant embracing the principles of organic and biodynamic farming.
Halliday (a top wine critic) named Heirloom as one of the best new vineyards in Australia in 2011 and since then their reputation has flourished. Intense purple in colour this wine has a remarkable concentration of spicy black fruits on the nose. Silky tannins (tannins = the tiny grape skin particles left in the wine after fermentation and filtering) are evident on the soft but structured palate which is fruit-forward in style with juicy blackberry fruit complemented by dark chocolate. BIG - like a Barossa Shiraz should be but fantastically balanced. Make sure you open this up at least an hour before consumption.
Try it without food to understand the true beauty of the Heirloom.