Wild Duck Creek Yellow Hammer Hill Shiraz 2021
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- ABV 14.7
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
Stuart McCloskey "Brambly autumn fruits, pomegranate, iodine, graphite, framboise, smoked meats, rosemary, herbal, warmed earth and clove shine through on the nose. The palate is super dense and super succulent. The core is packed with sweet, blue and black fruits, Christmas cake, sweet spice, dark chocolate, anise and black cherry. The tannins are soft and pliable. Acidity and tart red fruits provide welcome balance. Moreover, it is getting better and better in my glass. Thoroughly enjoyable today but will certainly provide better drinking in 3-5 years’ time. Of course, and given the quality, this will easily age for a decade and more. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware."
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "It’s such a fun wine to drink, all slurpy and loose knit, lucid in red and black berry fruitiness, ripe, round, smooth, supple, a jelly meets currants meets jube thing going on. Elements of herb and spice, some sweetness for sure but a sappy bitterness in tannin is pleasingly there and a light dusting of clove-cinnamon spice keeps some other elements in play. Heady, overt, party time gear for big red lovers, but done well."
David and Diana Anderson first planted vines in their family-run Heathcote estate Wild Duck Creek Estate in 1974. Today, the area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and has helped them achieve cult status in the eyes of many. Their first commercial release was in 1991 and things have only got better with the couple now joined by their son, Liam who is going full steam ahead with biodynamic practices in the vineyard.
In the winery, traditional winemaking techniques are the status quo, with winemakers David and Liam choosing to use open top fermenters, basket presses and the finest French barrels and American hogsheads for extended ageing. Produced only in exceptional years, the Reserve Shiraz uses fruit predominantly from the Original Vineyard that has been barrel aged and then selected for the final blend after extensive tasting. A blockbuster with high alcohol, its richness is seamlessly balanced by moderating acidity and ripe tannins, which prevent it from becoming syrupy. The Springflat Shiraz comes from a small 1ha site planted in 1988 that yields just over 20,000 bottles annually. After maturing in French and American oak barrels for a year or more, the wine is bottled unfiltered for maximum flavour expression that results in a deeply coloured, sweet-fruited red with an intense concentration and a long finish. Renowned American wine critic, Robert Parker regularly awards these wines 90 points or more.
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