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2012 La Pleiade Heathcote Shiraz

2012 La Pleiade Heathcote Shiraz

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Heathcote
2012
750ml
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$69.99
Cellar to 2030
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Heathcote
2012
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • A chance meeting in the mid-nineties was the start of a partnership between two influential winemaking families, the Laughtons of Jasper Hill at Heathcote, Victoria and the Chapoutiers of Hermitage in France’s Rhône Valley. A common belief in biodynamic farming led to the forming of a shared vision: to create wines that were from the opposite sides of the world, yet that were joined in the philosophy of their creation, as true expressions of their terroir.

    La Pleiade In the spring of 1998 a small vineyard was established on virgin red Cambian soils in Heathcote Victoria, at the home of Jasper Hill. Here, adjacent to Georgia’s Paddock, half the plot would be planted to Australian Shiraz evolved from the original importations of Syrah from Hermitage almost two centuries ago and half would be planted to Michel’s selection massale from his current vineyards in Hermitage. La Pleiade derives its name from the Pleiades star cluster (the Seven Sisters) in the constellation of Taurus, visible from both Heathcote and Hermitage and revered in the same way in the mythology of most ancient cultures.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • From a 20 year-old single vineyard of un-irrigated, un-grafted, organic Shiraz planted on the renowned, deep, red, basaltic Cambrian era soil strip of Heathcote.

    The grapes are gently destemmed, and then ferment for six weeks in open concrete vats, using indigenous yeasts. The lightly pressed wine is cellared with minimal intervention in our cellar,which is located in Heathcote. The ageing lasts 12 months, in new French oak casks.


  • WHO MADE IT?
  • A chance meeting in the mid-nineties was the start of a partnership between two influential winemaking families, the Laughtons of Jasper Hill at Heathcote, Victoria and the Chapoutiers of Hermitage in France’s Rhône Valley. A common belief in biodynamic farming led to the forming of a shared vision: to create wines that were from the opposite sides of the world, yet that were joined in the philosophy of their creation, as true expressions of their terroir. La Pleiade In the spring of 1998 a small vineyard was established on virgin red Cambian soils in Heathcote Victoria, at the home of Jasper Hill. Here, adjacent to Georgia’s Paddock, half the plot would be planted to Australian Shiraz evolved from the original importations of Syrah from Hermitage almost two centuries ago and half would be planted to Michel’s selection massalefrom his current vineyards in Hermitage. La Pleiade derives its name from the Pleiades star cluster (the Seven Sisters) in the constellation of Taurus, visible from both Heathcote and Hermitage and revered in the same way in the mythology of most ancient cultures. Agly Brothers Meanwhile inthe Agly Valley in Roussillon, old hillside vineyards planted to Syrah, Grenache and Carignan lay abandoned. Here, just outside the little village of Latour de France, on the border of the old kingdoms of Catalonia and France, a handful of small plots was purchased in 2002. Since then, the old vines have been nurtured biodynamically and brought back to life to fully express these exceptional low-yielding sites. The Carignan and Syrah is planted on a gneiss-based, north facing slope at 250m, whereas the Grenache is planted on a south-facing slope on a schist-based soil that sits over a layer of limestone.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    The clear, full crimson-purple colour has that intangible quality that promises much, the expectations more than fulfilled on the bouquet and palate. This is a beautifully wrought (I would use 'crafted' but that is nauseously overused in marketing blah) medium-bodied wine, effortlessly uncoiling its array of red fruits through the length of the palate, an exercise in restrained elegance. Drink to 2035