- 100% Sangiovese
This 40 hectare site is beautifully situated on the old Cambrian soils that make Heathcote such an exciting area for Shiraz. It was purchased by winemaker Alberto Antonini, viticulturalist Mark Walpole and David Gleave of Liberty Wines in 2002.
2005 was the first vintage from the Greenstone Vineyard, and was met with great critical acclaim. James Halliday gave the winery a Five Star rating in the 2008 Guide, and named it as one of his Top Ten newcomers. Such acclaim in the first vintage is unusual, but is testament to the quality of the vineyard.
Heathcote is about an hour north of Melbourne, north of the Great Divide where the climate changes dramatically, becoming more Mediterranean. The red Cambrian soil that defines the Heathcote district, together with the climate, combine to make Heathcote one of Australia’s most talked about areas. In order to harness this potential, Mark and Alberto made several viticultural innovations when planting the vineyard. It was planted with a density twice as high as others in the district, something that they are convinced will give better quality grapes.
"This is a Supertuscan style wine of quality from a super new Australian cool climate area. Because fashion has still not yet gotten around to properly embracing Italian wines, let alone Australia's gorgeous evocations of the hillsides of Sienna, wine lovers can easily obtain this delicious 100% Sangiovese until the rest of the world catches up. The Sangiovese here is quite muscular and spicy, with a fine savoury cut of tannin and grip. Italian in style and structure, and made by Italian consultants, it is a food wine of uncommon beauty. It needs another 4 or 5 years, but with a couple of hours of decanting it can be enjoyed now. The best of Italy, from Australia, at a compromise price." Tomas Clancy, The Sunday Business Post, 9 August 2015