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2015 Hesketh Mezzo Tatiara Shiraz

Tatiara

Our Price: $11.99 / bottle (RRP: 20.00) Case: 12 x 750ml

'It's incredible vibrant and youthful in its bright purple colouring, then splashes fabulous blueberry and black fruits with mint-dark chocolate through its spine. Decadently rich, mouth pleasing and sophisticated for this price tag.'
94 Points - Tony Love (Top 100 Wines of 2016)

  • In the mid 1980's Robert Hesketh and Mark Swann planted the first vines on the terra rossa over limestone soils in the Tatiara agricultural district in South Australia. Despite its remote location half (MEZZO) way between Adelaide and Melbourne, the soil profile, availability of artesian water and warm dry climate made it the ideal place for the production of premium quality fruit. The 2015 vintage marks the second year the Hesketh family, with winemaker Phil Lehmann, have made a regionally branded wine from the Old Mundulla vineyard. Use of the Italian term Mezzo represents not only the location, but is also a nod to the heritage of those who built and managed the original vineyard.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The Mezzo Shiraz was picked during the last days of February after a long slow 2015 ripening period. The Shiraz fruit was open-topped, cool fermented to enhance aromatics and maintain purity. 

    Phil Lehmann chose to co-ferment a small portion of Grenache (7%) in wtih the Shiraz for added complexity, before the juice was racked into second and third fill French oak Hogsheads for six months maturation.

    TASTING NOTES

    An inky and dense purple with light violet rim. The aroma has an aromatic nose full of rich dark cherries, hints of raspberry and a smooth slick of vanilla oak. A red liquorice sweetness is also noticeable.

    On the palate it is a bold, straight-up Shiraz. The initial hit of flavour is full of ripe and juicy blackberries, but as the palate levels out you become aware of dark chocolate, a whiff of white pepper and toasted coffee. A gamey meatiness lurks in the background. A complex and intriguing Shiraz which delivers excellent length until the very last sip.

  • REVIEWS

    'Designated as from the Tatiara district in the South-East, this wine comes from a vineyard that has provided fruit for one of SA's big-name shirazes, but here for a much easier wallet hit. It's incredible vibrant and youthful in its bright purple colouring, then splashes fabulous blueberry and black fruits with mint-dark chocolate through its spine. Decadently rich, mouth pleasing and sophisticated for this price tag.'
    94 Points - Tony Love (Top 100 Wines of 2016)


    'More directly designated as from the Tatiara district in the South-East, this wine comes from a vineyard that has provided fruit for one of SA's big name Shirazes - here for a much easier cash-hit. It's incredibly vibrant and youthful in its bright purple colour, then splashes fabulous blueberry and black fruits with mint-dark chocolate through its spine. Decadently rich, mouth pleasing and sophisticated.'
    4.5 Stars Tony Love - The Adelaide Advertiser


    'Bright, deep purple hue and a fresh, spicy aroma, with pepper notes and a certain raw nakedness. Immature but good. Intense flavour, lively and bold, bright, very intense and high-quality.... Many others will enjoy it, as it is soft and already approachable. (From the Cuppa Cup vineyard in SE South Australia)'
    90 Points - Huon Hooke


    'Shiraz is Australia's signature red wine, planted extensively in mainland wine regions. It's adaptable and incredibly reliable, and a high price tag isn't always a guide to quality. Mezzo confirms that you can find excellent shiraz for $20. From an isolated vineyard in the Tatiara district, halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, its aromas of violets, dark berries, aniseed and chocolate track into a concentrated, finely textured palate, combining ripe and savoury flavours in delicious harmony. A lingering licorice-like aftertaste is supported by soft tannins. A bargain'
    Ralph Kyte Powell - Sydney Morning Herald


    'Apparently Penfolds have long bought most of the fruit from this vineyard new Padthaway, until industry veteran Robert Hesketh decided to create a range of single vineyard wines. This Shiraz is young but pretty soft, with attractive vanillan oak and sweet, spicy fruit. Perfect bistro wine, but give it a couple of hours to breathe and open up.'
    92 Points - Kim Brebach (Best Wines Under $20)



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