Sunshine Creek may be Yarra focussed but draws fruit from Heathcote too. Because why not? It’s not that far from Heathcote to the Yarra (about an hour and a half driving time), and you get a very different varietal expression. Plus, it’s a fun contrast to make a Yarra Valley and a Heathcote Shiraz too. The only challenge can be making sure you get the balance right, as there is a tendency to let Heathcote Shiraz get too big.
Indeed, this Sunshine Creek Heathcote Shiraz 2019 is a typically dense and warm wine too, all very ripe purple berry fruit. But, like the best Heathcote reds, it feels contained, and underpinned by the dark choc mint fruit velocity underneath. And tannins. It’s still formative and packed with the soft of fudgey dark fruit and length to give it years yet.
Nice, dark, full-throttle Victorian Shiraz. The hard DIAM is the only downer.
Best drinking: probably better in two or three years’ time, then will live for fifteen years plus. 18/20, 93/100. 14%, $45. Sunshine Creek website. Would I buy it? A glass or so.
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