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Heathcote Winery

183-5 High St, Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5433 2595

The Heathcote Winery cellar door is in the main street of the town of Heathcote (photo genxywines)

The ambitious and now, one of the older wineries in the region, was established in 1978). It is uniquely positioned in the Heathcote's main High Street.

The winery and adjacent art gallery are situated in a restored miners produce store built by Thomas Craven in 1854. Back then this was to cater for the huge influx of gold miners seeking their fortune. It is more than a cellar door, the fully functioning winery lies directly behind the cellar door!

The winery produced its first vintage in 1983. The wines are mainly sourced from the 26 ha estate although the winery has some long term contracts with local growers. The winemaker is Rachel Brooker who got her wine science degree for New Zeaand's Eastern Institute of Technology.

The Shiraz comes in four ranges from the budget Craven's Place, Mail Coach, Curagee and the premium Slaughterhouse. Sometimes there is a stand alone Viognier and a Marsanne Chardonnay Viognier.

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)

Heathcote Winery The Origin Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, old vine single vineyard release from the original Newan's Lane vineyard, plush dark plum and red fruits with white pepper and violet notes, medium bodied with plenty of slaty minerality, slinky and savoury tannins and vanilla/mocha oak in support (****)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Viognier 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, moderately viscous pear, lemon barley, apricot and ginger with hints of tinned pineapple and fig, slightly bitter phenolics and crisp citrussy acidity (***1/2)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, there’s a 2% Viognier input, juicy and minty black cherry, raspberry and dark plums with white pepper notes and iris florals, long and medium bodied fine and dusty tannins and mocha-coffee oak (****)

Heathcote Winery Slaughterhouse Paddock Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, bright and juicy black cherry, cassis and dark plums with white pepper, anise and eucalypt notes, smooth, minerally and medium-full bodied palate with plenty of French/US dark chocolate/mocha oak (****)

Heathcote Winery Curagee Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, some Viognier co-ferment, fragrant and moderately intense flavours structured around a core of supple redcurrant and blackcurrant with mint and rose petal notes, becomes quite earthy with regional minerality coming to the fore, longer and more tightly structured than the Mail Coach with slinky, fine tannins and spicy cedar/chocolate oak (****)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, presumably a tiny Viognier co-ferment to lift the nose, a fair effort from a challengingly cold vintage, fragrant and peppery raspberry. plum and blueberry in a medium bodied framework, quite minty, lots of toasty brown own spices, fine dusty tannins but some green edged, herbal acidity, creamy cedar/vanilla predominantly French oak (***1/2)

Heathcote Winery Slaughterhouse Paddock Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, name comes from the vineyard location adjacent to the defunct Heathcote Slaughter House, dry grown forty year old vines, the end of the drought has lifted the vibrancy of the fruit, lively core of black cherry and mulberry fruit with eucalypt, violet and aniseed notes, medium-full bodied with the rich regional minerality and lingering fine, savoury tannins, fresh acid backbone (****)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, some Viognier co-ferment, perfumed, bright and peppery raspberry and black cherry with stonefruit and mint nuances, medium bodied with a viscous herbal mid-palate lift, fine tannins with creamy chocolate/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Viognier 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, 60% barrel ferment, nose shows grapefruit, lemon blossom, nut and apricot aromas, creamy mid-palate shows varietal berbal/spice lift, some vanilla oaking but the fruit is finishing a bit green and sharp (***)

Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, ripe blackberry, prune and raspberry with some dark chocolate, liquorice and meaty aromas, spicy palate has some porty features, the 2% Viognier is subtle and well integrated to give the wine some lift without overloading the palate, drying tannins, charry American and French oak (***1/2)

Heathcote Winery Cravens Place Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, quite concentrated blackberry and plum with chocolate and liquorice features and smoky American oak, firm tannins but too grippy (***1/2)