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Sanguine Estate

www.sanguinewines.com.au

77 Shurans Lane Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 5433 3111

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Sanguine Estate stall at one of the winery's festivals with Mark and Tony Hunter (photo courtesy: Sanguine Estate)

Sanguine Estate is a family operated boutique vineyard and winery located on the Heathcote's famed Cambrian-era soils. Tony and Linda Hunter established the vineyard in 1997, with their 2 children (Mark and Jodi) plus their respective partners (Melissa and Brett) also got the wine bug.

The Great Great Grandfather of Tony Hunter, Pietro D'orsa, left Italy in 1868 to make a new life in Australia, becoming a vigneron in the town of Maldon, 100 km west of Heathcote.

Mark has become the full time vigneron while Jodi handles the marketing and business development from an office in Pt. Melbourne. For a while Peter Dredge from Red Edge was the winemaker, while Mark was studying to become a winemaker. Mark now makes the wines with consultancy support from Ben Riggs.

The vineyard has grown from 16 acres to 55 acres. The varieties grown include: Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot.

The lush fruit driven Shirazes have been achieving 90+ ratings from national and international wine writers including Robert Parker Junior (USA), Stephen Tanzer (USA), James Halliday (Aust), Ralph Kyte-Powell (Aust), Max Allen (Aust) and Huon Hooke (Aust). However, in in some the hottest vintages they can go over the top.

Sanguine Estate vines (photo courtesy: Sanguine Estate)
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The Hunter family and partners: (back) Melissa, Mark and Jodi (front) Tony, Brett, Lyn and baby Jayden (photo courtesy: Sanguine Estate) (
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)

Sangiuine Estate Inception Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, some whole bunch inclusion, focussed black cherry and mulberry with anise and violet notes, minerally and medium-full bodied with fine and savoury tannins and good persistence (****1/2)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink:2021

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, juicy black cherry and mulberry with herb and white pepper notes,  supple and medium bodied palate has good length with sweet/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Inception Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, this used to be the mid-tier ‘Estate’ Shiraz, well poised and elegant cherry, mulberry and blackberry with liquorice and violet notes, supple, minerally and medium-full bodied with persistent fine grained savoury tannins and balanced oak, very good length although there is some alcohol wamth (****1/2)

Sanguine Estate D’Orsa Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, aromatic and glossy plum, mulberry and blackberry with liquorice and toasty spices, plump and creamy medium-full bodied palate with ample but well integrated roast coffee/cinnamon oak, the tannins are ripe and soft, slightly warm finish from the 14.8% alcohol (****)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, good value entry level wine with a small Viognier co-ferment, silky black cherry, mulberry and blackberry with anise, herb and white pepper notes, long and medium-full bodied, fine tannins, the sweet vanilla/cedar oak is fairly overt the moment (just released) but will settle (****)

Sanguine Estate Rose 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, derived from early picked Shiraz, glycerolly blood orange, apple and red fruits with pepper spice and rose petal florals, dry with some barrel ferment creaminess, crisp malic acid finish (****)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, as usual there is a modest 3% Viognier co-ferment, juicy and silky blackberry, blueberry and plumcake with a dusting of white pepper and anise, medium-full bodied palate with very fine tannins and good persistence, toasty vanilla/cedar oak (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, partial malo, broad and ripe melon, lemon butter and yellow peach with creamy lees and biscuit notes, toasty cashew-vanilla oak and chalky lemon acids (***)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Tempranillo 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, silky black cherry and plum with dried herb, leather and brown spice notes, medium-full bodied with a well judged cut of acid and lingering dusty tannins, the seasoned oak brings a touch of roast coffee-cedar to the finish, the vintage has improved the length and balance of this food wine (****)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Cabernet Blend 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, attractive and supple blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, long and medium bodied core of blackberry, plum and mulberry with white pepper, cinnamon and menthol aspects, a web of chewy fine grained tannins, balanced roast coffee-cedar oak, the mainly mild vintage has given this more focus and drive than previous drought vintages (****)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, there is a well judged 3% Viognier input, flavoursome, silky and perfumed blackberry, black cherry and plum with a spice/herbal lift, medium-full bodied palate with velvety smooth tannins, has some of the broadness expected of an entry level wine but is a rather approachable one (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate D’Orsa Reserve Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, perfumed, flavoursome and tarry stewed plum and blackberry with fruitcake, liquorice and warm brown spices, ample creamy cedar-chocolate oak, supple and ripe tannins, undoubtedly a crowd pleasing style but the hot 2007 vintage ripeness means it lacks the definition and drive of the better 2008 reds from the region (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, lush and dense blackberry and dark plum with tobacco, liquorice and fruitcake notes but tightens up on the back half, textured with plenty of the regional slaty minerality with very long savoury tannins (****)

Sanguine Estate Cabernets Petit Verdot 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, briary, spicy plum, mulberry and blackcurrant with menthol, anise and toasted brown spices, fine ironstone minerality and grainy tannins add textural interest, roast coffee-cedar oak finish, slightly uneven ripeness (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, complex, slightly tarry and dense blackcurrant, plum with raspberry, liquorice, tobacco and fruitcake nuances, plenty of cinnamon, medium-full bodied with a handsome streak of slaty minerality and fine tannins, excellent length, a rich regional expression without getting too jammy (****1/2)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Tempranillo 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, vintage yield was severely affected by frost, quite big and a little tarry showing spicy black cherry, raspberry with leather and dried herb, fairly chewy tannins with bright acidity, mainly seasoned French oak stays in the background, one of the more convincing Australian examples of this variety (****)

Sanguine Estate D’Orsa Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, a crowd pleaser as indicated it being the People’s Choice at the 2009 Heathcote Festival and some extremely high scores from other wine judges, rather opulent, supple and creamy stewed plum and blackberry with liquorice and lots of toasted brown spice, spicy cedar and dark chocolate from 24 months in quality French oak, silky tannins a good example of the very lush style but I rank the Estate Shiraz as a more interesting and focussed wine (****)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, condensed vintage due to the extreme heat but still a respectable outcome, there is a 3% Viognier input, silky and spicy redcurrant, blackberry with some prune and liquorice nuances, the minerality and acids hold interest, powdery tannins with plenty of creamy oak from the predominantly French oak (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Cabernet Blend 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with some Petit Verdot, ripe mulberry, blackcurrant and raspberry with a touch of menthol, earthy and medium-full bodied with plenty of brown spices, grainy tannins and coffee-cedar oak with vibrant acids (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, lush slightly stewed style showing blackberry, prune and redcurrant with some liquorice and violet notes, medium-full bodied, the back half is rather dominated by creamy dark chocolate-coconut from the American oak, some subtle chariness, the firm underlying tannins and acids give this a bit more structure (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Classic Quattro 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, appealing and balanced blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 9% Merlot, array of blackcurrant, raspberry and dark plum, spicy medium bodied palate with menthol, anise and cinnamon notes, dark chocolate on the finish, dusty tannins, successful first attempt at the blend (****)

Sanguine Estate Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, attractive perfumed nose, blackberry, plum and raspberry, medium-full bodied with black pepper notes, lots of sweet vanilla oak, dusty tannins, not as opulent as the 2004 (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Tempranillo 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, black cherry and plum with a touch of tobacco and anise, palate is a touch jammy which is reinforced with sweet chocolate-vanilla oak features, some underlying acid and cigar box features bring some balance, spicy finish (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Progeny Heathcote Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, concentrated plum and prune flavours with some liquorice notes, porty palate seems to be drought-stressed, hot finish, ripe tannins (**1/2)

Sanguine Estate Chardonnay/Viognier 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, bouquet shows grapefruit and tropical fruit with a hint of apricot coming further back on the palate, crisp acid and some light vanilla oaking make this a pleasant summer quaffer (***)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, bouquet shows ripe plum and cherry with hints of violet, palate is concentrated with varietal earthiness, and some savoury notes on the finish, firm tannins (***1/2)

Sanguine Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, very ripe and opulent style aimed at the Robert Parker's school of blockbuster Shirazes, sweet and powerful fruit-driven palate of plum, liquorice and blackberry, savoury finish, the charry oak is also cranked up a bit more this vintage, just gets away with it - opulence without sliding into the jamminess that has hit many Heathcote Shirazes in the last couple of vintages, should cellar well for four or five years (****)