Wild Duck Creek Roussanne 2017

Heathcote
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£23.95 per bottle
26 in stock

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Winemakers notes "Only produced in exceptional vintages in the cooler southern sub-region of Mia Mia, 3 kilometres from the winery at Adairs Lane Vineyard, pressed in the traditional basket press and barrel fermented in 100% new French oak puncheons. The wine is kept in barrel for a further 9 months and to add texture, the lees were stirred every 2 weeks with the wine being bottled un-fined. Only 1200 bottles were produced, this is a wine that rivals many top Rhone whites."

Magda Sienkiewicz "I was extremely excited to see Wild Duck’s expansion on to Southern Rhône varietals, which personally I would love to see more of in Australia. Simultaneously, I quickly became to worry that my increasing anticipation of receiving and sampling their pure Roussanne will raise the bar a tad too high. Absolute nonsense! Wonderful perfume of honeysuckle, stone fruit, fennel and gentle wild flowers pouring out of the glass put an instant smile on my face. The flavours are beautifully knitted together with bracing white nectarine and fresh apricots, giving a wonderful balance of acidity and ripeness. No hard edges, no disproportions, but a seamless flow of creamy and well-rounded textures. The overall sense of harmony is superb and every sip brings plenty of joy."

Peter Robinson "What a delight! For some reason I was expecting a wine to be a little chewy but it’s so vibrant and pretty. The purity of fruit on the nose is exquisite giving a light perfume of nectarine and white peach with a touch of blossom. There is some background flint from the barrel fermentation that plays a perfectly placed supporting role. The palate is so fresh with great acidity giving a mineral backbone to the ripe stone fruits creating a silky texture, assisted by some time on lees. Very impressed." Tasted 22 January 2018

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

Rich lemon, lemon soap and ginger biscuit scents, showing off both sweetness and a savoury element, even faint saline notes. Fleshy in the palate, a big mouthful of white wine, layered in fruit, savoury and spice characters, finishing chalky and chewy. It’s a detailed, delicious wine here. 

Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

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Wild Duck Creek

Producer

Wild Duck Creek Estate, Heathcote, Australia

 

"Today, the total area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that have helped them achieve cult status"

 

David and Diana Anderson first planted vines in their family-run Heathcote estate Wild Duck Creek Estate in 1974. Today, the total area under vine totals some 15 ha that are dedicated to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that have 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 or 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 that finishes long. Renowned American wine critic, Robert Parker regularly awards these wines 90 points or more.

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Region

Heathcote

 

Located north of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, 170 Kilometers inland from the Victoria coast in the region of Heathcote. Originally a gold mining and logging town Heathcote was populated by a diverse range of cultures and nationalities hoping to make their fortune in gold. Many became disillusioned with the lack of prosperity and turned their hand to exploiting the lands of the region, and the first vineyard was planted in the 1850’s.

With fairly mild summers, Heathcote benefits from the effects of cool winds blowing up from the south that are channeled through the valleys of the Mount Camal Range. This provides a longer growing season leading to slower ripening and a greater level of complexity in the grapes. The Mount Camal Range is a major influence on the climate of Heathcote, not only helping to cool by channeling the southern winds but also, the valley slopes provide a range of altitudes to plant on, with vineyards ranging between 160 and 380 metres above sea level. The other major factor determining the style of wine produced here is its ancient Cambrian red soils which are rich in minerals and have great capacity for retaining water, providing the vines with water throughout the growing season. Roots are also able to penetrate deep into the soil providing the vines with great anchorage. The soils have superb heat retaining properties too, storing heat throughout the day and radiating it into the evening, lengthening the ripening period, the resulting grapes are very ripe but small and concentrated. The wines produced are deep, almost inky in colour with powerful, dark fruit aromas, sweet spice, and velvety tannins. In their youth, the wines are full bodied and highly concentrated but develop pronounced aromas and flavours of stewed fruits, fig and prunes as they reach maturity.

Shiraz is very much the most predominately planted variety followed by Cabernet Sauvignon. Shiraz is well at home in this hot climate and creates full bodied wines that are velvety in texture and characterised by fleshy, plum fruits and sweet spice. Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant that express aromas of eucalyptus in cooler vintages. White Rhone varieties grow well here, Viognier and Roussanne are very well suited to the warm conditions and long sunshine hours, the cooling southern winds helping to preserve the acidity that is vital in keeping the whites fresh.

Although wine production had existed in Heathcote since the mid 1800’s, it wasn’t until the 1990’s that this region really took its place on the world stage. Championed by several influential wine writers, Heathcote’s reputation really took off with the emergence of small, family run wineries who started with just producing wine for their friends and family, but took the next step into commercial wine production. When Robert Parker awarded a tiny, unknown, family producer 99 points for one of their wines, almost overnight they were catapulted onto the center stage and Wild Duck Creek’s Muck Duck has now become a legend of the wine world. Tatiarra also started life with an extremely modest 10 acres of vineyards but have gained an international reputation and are admired the critics, Robert Parker calling them a “revelation”.

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Ratings Summary

1 of 2 (50%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

Alex McLachlan17th Feb 2019

Less voluptuous than the Stoplman for similar price point. Nice though.

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Jonathan12th Feb 2019

I loved the Wild Duck Roussanne. Really good example of how well the grape drinks young.

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