Heirloom Vineyards Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 the nose is full and big, dark and sultry. The nose is full of blackcurrant and sultry violets. There is a great, spicy edge to this wine. You could get lost in this wine. The nose is almost like blackcurrant cordial and black wine gums. The palate is dark and not as sweet as the nose. You still get plenty of spicy blackcurrant but the palate is much drier. This wine has tight, grippy tannins which will develop with some bottle age. The use of oak has added some structure but takes a backseat and doesn’t dominate the wine. The length is poised and long. A great wine.
One of the ‘Best New Wineries 2012’, 5 star winery
This is (yet another) venture for Zar Brooks and his wife Elena. They met during the 2000 vintage, and one thing led to another, as they say. Dandelion Vineyards and Zonte’s Footstep came along first, and continue, but other partners are involved in those ventures. The lofty aims here are to preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine, the unique old vineyards of SA, and to champion the best clones of each variety, embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming. I don’t doubt for one moment the sincerity of the underlying sentiments, but there’s a fair degree of Brooksian marketing spin involved. Having said that, the quality of their first wines is outstanding, easily putting Heirloom Vineyards into the Best New Wineries list.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012
Elena Brooks: Nominated for ‘Young Gun Winemaker of the Year’
Young Guns of Wine Festival, 2010 and 2011
Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards and to champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming. Seven long vintages of trial and error passed before Heirloom Vineyards could make a wine that was fine enough to pass on to future generations.