2019 Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz
Over the last decade or so Sanguine Estate have steadily built a reputation as one of Heathcote’s top producers making rich, intensely flavoured wines that have brought a loyal following. Their entry level Shiraz ‘Progeny’ is consistently one of the districts best buys. Ben Riggs continues to consult the Hunter family in their endeavours. Maturation takes place in predominately French oak barriques, approximately 15% new, for a period of 12 months.
Magnificent saturated inky black colour with an equally deep dark purple black hue. A touch restrained at first the nose slowly evolves to reveal crushed blackberry, liquorice, graphite, vanillin cedar, black olive and blackpepper scents. Rich and youthful, the palate sees an explosion of blackberry, liquorice and black cherry fruits contained within a tightly knit framework. Elements of vanillin cedar, subtle graphite and blackpepper complete the picture. Muscular in its feel with energetic acidity and stern tannins. Excellent power with a long robust blackpepper infused aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years.
It is clear that we have here a shiraz specialist who pays close attention to style and quality at every price point. A $25 shiraz, Progeny hits above its weight in complexity and fruit vibrancy, all with just a relatively light dusting of oak (9 months in French oak and only 10% new). A serious wine, deep, impenetrable 'Heathcote purple' in hue. Hits high notes of violets, blackberry, briar, bramble and spice. Oak is ne'er to be seen but its warm, textural affect on the palate is. A hint of mint gives you a glimpse of the local terroir. Delicious. Drink by 2028.
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