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Buckshot Vineyard

PO Box 119, Coldstream, Vic, 3770

Buckshot is an old winemakers term used to describe soils that combine ironstone and quartz into small pebbles -which happens to explain the excellent drainage and root penetration of the pebble-strewn soils underlying the vineyard.

Rob and Meegan Peebles 4 acre vineyard was established in 1999 on the famed Cambrian soil. They have worked in a diverse bunch of wineries including Margaret River, Marlborough, Yarra Valley and Rutherglen. Ron is the winemaker.

They have two wines - a Shiraz and more unusually, a Zinfandel. The Zindandel is one of the few Australian examples so far that I would highly recommend.

The 'Buckshot' in the Cambrian soils that aids deep root penetration (photo courtesty: Buckshot)
Ron and Meegan Peebles in their vineyard (photo courtesty: Buckshot)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Buckshot Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($31)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, aromatic and plush black cherry and mulberry with white pepper and violet notes, slippery medium bodied palate with powdery savorury tannins and subtle cinnamon/cedar oak (****)

Buckshot Square Peg Zinfandel 2015

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, silky and ripe blueberry, lumcake and redcurrant with asian spice notes, glossy and full bodied with slaty minerality and a warm finish (****)

Buckshot Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($31)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, fragrant and supple mulberry and black cherry with anise, white pepper and violet notes, long and brambly medium bodied palate with powdery tannins, restrained vanilla/cinnamon/cedar oak (****1/2)

Buckshot Square Peg Zinfandel 2013

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, ripe varietal patchwork of prune, blueberry and raspberry with violet and asian spice notes, glycerolly and full bodied palate with some slaty minerality, the creamy vanilla-cedar oak is fairly overt at the moment, finishes with fine savoury tannins and a touch of warmth from the 15.3% alcohol (****)

Buckshot Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, aromatic and lush blueberry and dark plum with liquorice and asian spice notes, fleshy medium-full bodied palate with fine grained powdery tannins and the French and US oak bringing sweet vanilla/cinnamon/cedar  aspects to the finish (***1/2)

Buckshot Square Peg Zinfandel 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, varietal mix of red and blue fruits with stewed plum, tobacco, asian spice and olive notes, glycerolly and medium-full bodied with the regional slaty minerality, creamy vanilla-cedar oak, fruit seems to be bit more stewed and forward than the 2009 (***1/2)

Buckshot The Square Peg Zinfandel 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, a long tapestry of red and blue fruits with mint, fruitcake and olive notes, glycerolly and medium-full bodied with the regional minerality shining through, the 15% alcohol not over the top by varietal standards, creamy vanilla-cedar oak (****)

Buckshot Heathcote Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, perfumed and minerally core of blueberry and mulberry fruit with black pepper and asian spice notes, medium bodied with the French and US oak hogsheads bringing cinnamon/clove/vanilla/cedar to the finish, lingering fine, savoury tannins (****)

Buckshot Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, ripe blueberry, stewed plum and tangy blackcurrant with violet and pepper notes, the medium-full bodied palate is very minerally as befits its buckshot name, charry American and French oak brings cigar box, cedar and vanilla flavours, persistent savoury tannins, just lacking the fruit definition of the 2005 vintage (***1/2)

Buckshot Heathcote Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, medium-full bodied with blueberry and plum with tobacco and coffee nuances, savoury with good fruit definition underpinned with a slatey acid backbone, well handled charry American and French oak adds vanilla and cigar box complexity, needs time to resolve the acid and tannic grip but is a surprise package from a region that normally produces porty, sweet reds (****)

Buckshot Heathcote Zinfandel 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, elegant given the variety's normal pumped up style, pristine fruit expression of plum and red cherry with violet, tobacco and mint notes, medium bodied palate is fairly smooth with pepper and cinnamon complexity, subtle cedary oak with a touch of cigar box, one of more successful Australian attempts so far at California's famous variety (****)