Joshua Cooper 'The Springs And the Flat', Syrah, Heathcote, Australia 2015
Joshua Cooper is another of the younger brigade of Victorian winemakers doing really exciting things, and this unique look at Heathcote Syrah/Shiraz is a bit of a head-turner. Coming from a higher altitude vineyard in the far south of the region, it's a much more 'cool climate' expression, with the addition of granite soils leading Josh to compare the style to the more aromatic, medium-bodied, meaty Syrahs of the Northern Rhone Valley. You will find notes of Eucalyptus, back olives, savory dark fruit, & bacon here. This is an exquisite bottle of wine.
Pairing: Cassoulet, Beef short ribs braised in red wine and herbs
Soil: granite and ironstone soils
Viticulture: sustainable, wine making natural
The Springs block is located on the historic Merindoc property. Now home to some small vineyard parcels the land was previously used solely for grazing, with sheep roaming the rolling hills amongst magnificent granite boulders and outcrops. The vineyard is situated just outside the township of Tooborac, at the Southern end of the Heathcote region at around 1,200 feet altitude, the Macedon Ranges GI begins just a few miles South. This site, planted by the Shelmerdine family in 1995, is in many ways the 'anti-Heathcote' with cooler Southerly location and granite and ironstone soils (opposed to pre-Cambrian limestone) ideal for production of fine, bright and aromatic Syrah.