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Lot 5, Lewis Rd, Heathcote 3523 (PO Box 129 Heathcote 3523)

Cellar Door: Weekends and pub hols (11.30-5)

Ph: (03) 5433 6297

Flynns cellar door. While about 13 km to the north of Heathote the winery shares the same Cambrian soils as the core of the region.

Flynn's Wines is a small family owned vineyard and winery a few km north of Heathcote.

It was established from the ground up by Natala and Greg Flynn for the purpose of producing quality individualistic wines of excellent value. Greg is a Roseworthy graduate but picked up his winemaking skills at Bendigo TAFE. Natala has also completed the course.

The stand out wine for me is the quite deep set and savoury black cherry and plum Shiraz which is made with traditional hand picked, hand plunged and basket pressed methods from four clones. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Sangiovese, Viognier, Vermentino and Verdelho are also available.

Visitors to the winery can also avail themselves of the bistro which features a local, sasonal menu.

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)

Flynns Road MC Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016,  powerful and glossy black cherry and mulberry with liquorice, white pepper and violet, minerals with toasty oak spices and good acid drive, lingering savoury tannins (****1/2)

Flynns Road Vermentino 2016

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, partial barrel ferment, linear lemon zest, melon and baked apple with musky spices, briny phenolics and crisp lemony acidity (****)

Flynns MC Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, multi-clonal, glossy and linear core of blackberry pastille, plum and cherry with liquorice, white pepper and violet notes, medium-full bodied and minerally with roast coffee/cedar oak, persistent savoury tannins (****1/2)

Flynns Vermentino 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, viscous red apple and passionfruit, slightly honeyed and musky spices, fresh citrussy acidity and savoury, chalky phenolics, good length (****)

Flynns Verdelho 2012

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, not intense but has a cascade of apple, passionfruit and other tropical fruits , quite good length by varietal standards, spine of orange peel nuanced acidity (****)

Flynns Lewis Road Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, PT23 and SA1654 clones, lush cherry and plum with white pepper and violet notes, slaty medium bodied palate with rich US/French oak bringing dark chocolate, toasty spice and vanilla to the finish, grainy oak tannins and good acid (***1/2)

Flynns Viognier 2014

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, partial barrel ferment, estery pineapple, lemon barley and dried apricot with gingery spices, creamy and oily, vibrant lemony acidity, ripe and blowsy style (***1/2)

Flynns Sangiovese 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, savoury, fleshy and plump plum and redcurrants with bay leaf notes, medium boded and oaky palate with spicy cedar/clove French oak, dusty tannins (***1/2)

Flynns MC Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, the MC stands for multi-clonal, fragrant and silky blackberry pastille and redcurrant with fruitcake, pepper, liquorice and violet nuances, palate has good depth and is minerally and even weighted, the US and French oak brings roast coffee/cedar to the finish, persistent and mouth-coating chalky and savoury tannins (****1/2)

Flynns Sangiovese 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, basket pressed, sour red cherry and plum with spice, mint and leather notes, medium bodied and savoury palate with chalky tannins and integrated oak support from the 14 months in French barriques, a well balanced food wine (****)

Flynns Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, intense and tarry entry showing cassis and dark plum with violet and pepper notes, the Merlot expresses itself as silky red fruits on the mid-palate, firm chewy tannins although the fruit shows some baked and hollow aspects on the back end (***)

Flynns Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, Bronze Medal at Boutique Wine Awards 2011, 45% barrel ferment in new French oak for four months, dried apricot and pineapple with some banana esters, oily and fairly broad palate with mid-plate creaminess, powdery orange peel acidity with some fine phenolics, too ripe and too big for a higher score (***1/2)

Flynns Verdelho 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, brief 20% barrel ferment in new French oak, sweet and creamy mouth feel showing tinned pineapple, guava and honeydew melon flavours with gentle chalky citric acids and a whisper of vanilla, forward palate as is typical for variety (***)

Flynn's Heatchcote Shiraz 2003

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($28)

Drink: 2013

Tasting: April 2011, powerful, full bodied and tarry blackberry and glazed cherry with fruitcake, violet and pepper notes, rich minerality, fresh acids and gravelly tannins despite the bottle age, restrained coffee-caramel from the US and French oak, slightly spirity finish(****)

Flynns Heathcote Verdelho 2008

Purchased: Cellar Door ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting, Sept 2009, medium dry style with some barrel ferment making this more textured and demure than most examples of this variety, melon, apple, passionfruit and orange rind with honeysuckle, crisp finish (***1/2)

Flynns Cabernet Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting, Sept 2009, fairly dense and extractive on the entry showing cassis and mulberry flavours, the medium-full bodied palate shows savoury meat aspects with some white pepper and cinnamon spiciness on the mid-palate, lively acids with a touch of herbaceousness, long finely grained tannins (***1/2)

Flynns Heathcote MC Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting, July 2009, lively black cherry and dark plum flavours, deep and concentrated palate but not overly extractive, savoury with good minerality. shows some mint and plenty of pepper, fine grainy tannins, discrete cedar oak (****)

Flynns MC Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, black cherry and plum flavours, deep and concentrated palate shows some mint and pepper later on the palate, smooth, rounded tannins, slightly hot finish (****)

Flynns Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, ripe mulberry and blackcurrant flavours with some spice and pepper features and some mintiness on the finish, quite deep palate, firm tannins (***1/2)

Flynns Verdelho 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: pre-release sample, Aug 2006, medium dry style, tropical fruit, orange and honey blossom aromas, some barrel ferment complexity, crisp finish (***)