Paul Osicka 'Majors Creek' Shiraz 2015 (Heathcote)
Paul Osicka Majors Creek Shiraz 2015 is vibrant with blue fruits and Dutch liquorice, then complexing characters of dark pepper, graphite, cedar and exotic spices. The palate is initially quite juicy and flavoursome with silky tannins.
Then it becomes more savoury textured as a core of dark fruits and chocolate underpinned by cedary oak and tannin carries through to the finish.
"It’s made from all old vine fruit – 95% of the wine was grown on Shiraz vines planted in the 1950s, the remainder on vines planted in the 1960s and 70s. It’s fermented in open pots before going into French oak. Heathcote in the 1950s; that would have been some place. Paul Osicka is near Heathcote but more accurately is at Graytown, where gold was suddenly all the rage in the 1860s. The word suddenly is apt: gold was discovered in 1868, a town was declared in 1869, the population of the town went from nothing to 12,000 overnight, but just as quickly the gold ran dry and a flood had ruined the diggings. By late 1870, the population had plummeted to 150. Fast forward to World War II, when a prisoner of war camp was established at Graytown. Fascinating. Graytown, give or take, is considered the geographical centre of Victoria. For a longish period Paul Osicka – of Czechoslovakian heritage – was Heathcote wine in its entirety.
Reliable. Hearty. Smooth-skinned. Deepset with blackberried, plum-shot fruit flavour. All positives. Add notes of clove, anise, mocha and gum leaf, fasten it together with firm, dry tannin, and you have yourself a red perfect for midst-of-winter drinking. Pour a glass and sit at the most recent point of a captivating history.
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2017, Drink: 2018 - 2025
“One of the Best Wineries of the Regions, 5 red star winery”
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 – 2017
"One of the Best Central Victoria Producers"
Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Book 2015
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The wine is estate grown, made and bottled by Paul and Simon Osicka, the second and third generations involved in the business. The vines are grown without irrigation on sandy loam soil over quartz and red ironstone gravels. The vines are hand pruned, shoot thinned, fruit thinned and the grapes are hand picked and sorted to achieve optimum fruit quality. These factors combine to produce small, intensely flavoured and coloured grapes necessary to make premium wines. The use of synthetic chemicals to manage the vineyard is kept to a minimum to promote better soil and vine health.
The 10 Ha of our single vineyard mature (60 year old) dry grown Shiraz was hand picked in separate parcels, reflecting the different soil types. Each parcel imparts its own character into the final blend. The wines were fermented in one and two tonne open fermenters using different treatments including some inclusion of whole bunches on a couple of parcels. The wines all spent between 3 to 4 weeks on skins before being batched based on specific soil type in the vineyard. They were then matured in French oak Hogsheads (25 % new) for about 16 months prior to blending and bottling.
"We are quite excited by the red wines out of 2015, which have purity, concentration and balance." - Simon Osicka
|Brand||Paul Osicka Wines Heathcote|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$36.99|