Tellurian 'Tranter' Shiraz 2014 (Heathcote, Victoria) "...blackberry, spice, cocoa..."
Heathcote is best known for its Shiraz and the ‘Tranter’ is classic example with intensity, complexity, structure and depth of flavour that have made the Heathcote region famous. The fruit for the Tranter Shiraz is picked later than Pastiche Shiraz to provide richer fruit. The wine has extended aging for 18 months French oak barrels (50% new oak) to provide additional structure and complexity.
Located on the western slopes of Mt Camel Range, Tellurian is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the Heathcote wine region. The newly released 2014 Tellurian Tranter Shiraz is another superb example of Heathcote Shiraz that will only strengthen the reputation of this winery.
"The bright crimson colour heralds a cornucopia of berry fruit that includes blackberries, blueberries and ripe raspberries. A complex blend of warm spice and dark cocoa meld seamlessly with the intense fruit of the palate which shows drive and length. Fine persistent tannins provide structure and exceptional length." - 96 Points, Ray Jordan (The West Australian)
"While a case could still be mounted for reducing the amount of new oak and time spent in barrel (50% new, 17 months in French 90% and American oak 10%), more time in bottle has helped Tranter to settle. Dark garnet-purple; a mix of dark plums covered in licorice, spice, dried herbs especially bay leaves. A brightness to the raspberry-like acidity working across the fuller bodied structured palate and incorporating supple, furry tannins and all the oak." - 95 Points, James Halliday
"Deep dark colour and a smoky, char-oak, with dark chocolate aromas and very good depth of palate flavour. The tannins are supple and balanced, the palate is seamless and fluent. Very good concentration and delicious flavour. A good wine to drink now or cellar." - 94 Points, Huon Hooke (The Real Review)