HEATHVALE VINEYARD REVIEWS

Heathvale Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Heathvale ‘The Encounter’ Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Eden Valley is able to produce cabernet with unequivocal cool climate savoury characters, this wine a prime example. Maturation in French oak (30% new) has built on the fruit foundation, providing context and structure on the medium to full-bodied palate.
94 points – James Halliday

2013 Heathvale ‘The Encounter’ Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Full crimson-purple; the bouquet is flush with blackcurrant fruit plus spice and oak nuances; the full-bodied palate shadows the bouquet, reinforcing, but not going beyond, the path laid down by the bouquet – and didn’t need to do so. Patience may be hard, but it’s needed for maximum results.
94 points – James Halliday

2012 Heathvale ‘The Encounter’ Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Positive crimson colour; the bouquet establishes the credentials of a very smart cabernet sauvignon, with pure cassis aromas and just a touch of French oak; the palate is every bit as pure and intense, almost mouthwatering; the tannins are ripe but fine-grained, the French oak spot on, the finish long and balanced.
95 points – James Halliday

Deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2012 The Encounter Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of crème de cassis, blackberries and black cherries over sandalwood, cloves and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied and with very pleasant restraint on the palate, it features subtle black fruit flavors and nice purity with a medium to long chewy finish.
89 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #219 June 2015

Heathvale 'The Reward' Eden Valley Shiraz

2015 Heathvale ‘The Reward’ Eden Valley Barossa Shiraz

The estate vineyards vary in age, some chardonnay grafted to shiraz with 100+yo clonal bud wood from the Eden Valley. The wine is highly fragrant and expressive, with red and black cherry fruit supported by persistent but fine tannins, cedary oak ex maturation in 50% new French oak. Packaging is another plus.
95 points – James Halliday

2013 Heathvale ‘The Reward’ Eden Valley Barossa Shiraz

Deep, vivid crimson-purple; the palate confirms the promises of the bouquet, with imperious black fruits surging with spice, pepper and licorice, the tannin structure providing a classy backdrop, oak lending yet further support. This is a seriously good shiraz that has ticked each and every box.
96 points – James Halliday

Medium to deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2012 The Reward Shiraz has a very peppery black fruit and mulberry-laced nose with hints of anise and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it packs a lot of peppery flavor into a relatively elegant package with great vivacity and length.
91 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #219 June 2015

Heathvale 'The Belief' Eden Valley Sagrantino

2013 Heathvale The Belief Eden Valley Sagrantino

Very good colour; the bouquet is way left, off the beaten track, teasing you along the way, the palate following suit; fresh and poached blueberries plus star anise fruit is sustained not so much by tannins as acidity. Very interesting wine for the nerds.
92 points – James Halliday

2012 Heathvale The Belief Eden Valley Sagrantino

Vibrant hue; you can’t quite escape the clutches of the tannins on the finish, but there is much to enjoy on the way through, with its bursts of redcurrant, blueberry and dark cherry. Cellaring would not be a waste of time; this has plenty of promise.
92 points – James Halliday

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 The Belief Sagrantino offers a nose of fragrant earth, potpourri and dried lavender over a core of kirsch, red currant jelly and blackberry tart. The lovely perfumed/spicy palate sports a medium to full-bodied and earthy red and black fruit flavors, supported by chewy tannins and finishing with good length.
90 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #219 June 2015

2014 Heathvale ‘The Witness’ Riesling

A tightly furled umbrella, lemon, lime and grainy mineral notes all waiting for the umbrella to be opened.
James Halliday 2015 Wine Companion

2013 Heathvale ‘The Angry Rabbit’

A blend of shiraz, cabernet and Sagrantino. Bright colour with pomegranate fruit nuances.
James Halliday 2015 Wine Companion