2002 Dominique Portet Shiraz
The purpose of this review is not only to highlight the sheer delight of the 2002 Dominique Portet Heathcote Shiraz, but also to make you aware of the sensational range of wines produced by Dominique Portet. Nestled in the Yarra Valley, this winery is producing a host of incredibly stylish and refined wines that have both intense fruit expression and well defined structures.
The Heathcote Shiraz is a particularly stunning wine. Pure black fruit characters are enhanced with nuances of red roses, spice and black pepper. The tannins are ripe and in perfect balance with the fruit. Even though the wine is young, it is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so over the next decade and beyond.
The wine is available through the winery and at select liquor outlets. It can also be found on the wine lists of many fine restaurants. Retail outlets include Annandale Cellars, Theo’s Neutral Bay, Jimmy Leaks and Best Cellars.
Other fine wines in their portfolio include the 2004 Fontaine Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.
© Toni Paterson August 2004
Winemaker: Dominique Portet
Wine Diva Wine of the Month, September 2004