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1997 Veritas Shiraz Heysen Vineyard

  • 93 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 60329-1997

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright full ruby. Port-like aromas of raisiny surmaturite, clove and roast coffee. Quite thick, concentrated and deep, with surprisingly fresh acidity. Strong torrefaction notes of roasted chocolate and espresso. Lush and very long on the ripely tannic, chocolatey back end. Not my favorite style of shiraz but undeniably impressive.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2000
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Ripe and focused, not a big wine but offering pure plum and blackberry flavors that ride on a smooth texture, picking up delicate hints of vanilla and spice on the harmonious finish.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The most enjoyable for drinking now are the two 1997s, a theme that was repeated time and time again in this Australian tasting. The 1997 Shiraz Heysen did not reveal the body or plushness of the Hanisch. Exhibiting plenty of black fruit, licorice, pepper, and underbrush notes, it is a full-bodied, velvety-textured Shiraz to enjoy now.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This wine, the first Heysen Vineyard Shiraz bottled by Rolf Binder, forcefully reminds me that not all Australian Shiraz is hot, sweet, and oftentimes simple. This is a gorgeous, large scaledl wine that can easily last at least another decade. A complex, ever changing bouquet of raspberries, rosemary, mint, chocolate, and |decay| with hints of vanilla, black pepper, and honeysuckle. Mouthcoating and plush - despite the high tannin - in the mouth with flavors that echo the nose. Very fine length. A triumph and one of the best Shirazs I've had in a long time.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow! A knock out nose. Probably our favorite ever. Fruit, tar, beef blood, and vanilla. Taste was exquisite. For some may be over the top. Finish was 60 seconds +
    Author: TMac
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 28 bottles owned
  • 18 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 18 collectors)