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: Idavue


Idavue Estate

470 Northern Highway, Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: Weekends/pub hols (10.30-5)

Ph: (03) 5433 3464

wine label

Idavue Estate is based on the 6 ha vineyard and winery run by the Whytcross family since 2000 just to the north of the town of Heathcote.

Andrew and Sandra studied wine-making at the Bendigo TAFE.

Their minerally textured wines are hand picked, hand plunged in open ferments, unfined and matured in French oak barriques.

The vineyard is dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Semillon and Chardonnay. The small cellar door is located next to the Graytown National Park.

Avenmore Tastings
Rachel and our skipper for the day, Sharon, at Idavue
Avenmore Tastings
Graham, Noggins and Rachel with the Idavue grape press (it is still used)


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)

Idavue Blue Note Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, powerful and full bodied blackberry essence, blueberry and plumcake with pepper and olive notes, firm, powdery tannins and rich spicy toasted oak (****)

Idavue Estate Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, lush, flavoursome and medium-full bodied showing blackberry essence and plumcake with liquorice and white pepper notes, savoury and earthy back half with toasty mocha/cinnamon oak and ripe tannins, good acid cut (***1/2)

Idavue Estate Blue Note Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Cellar Door ($32)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, multi-layed blackberry, plum and redcurrant with savoury roast meat, olive, black pepper and toasty brown spice notes, medium-full bodied, coffee-cedar oak, a bit more depth and length than the estate Shiraz (****)

Idavue Estate Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, meaty and brambly medium-full bodied plum and blackberry with black pepper and toasty brown spices with fine tannins, coffee-cedar oak (***1/2)

Idavue Estate Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, earthy and medium bodied plum, cassis and redcurrant with violet and mint notes and dusty tannins, restrained coffee-cedar oak (***)

Idavue Estate Semillon 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, fairly fresh lemon, melon and green apple with a fine chalky texture and fairly soft citric acids (***)

Idavue Blue Note Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, rather textured wine showing blackcurrant and redcurrant, start a little austere but opens up nicely on the mid-palate, minerally and medium-full bodied, plenty of cedar and vanilla oak influence over the back end (***1/2)

Idavue Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, glazed red cherry and plum, medium bodied and rather sweet, minerally finish with ample menthol, discrete coffee-cedar oak and dusty tannins (***)