The Godfather of Heath cote Shiraz, John Ellis put his 40+ years of winemaking skills to work to create this stunning example of a Heathcote Shiraz.Smallest vineyard in Heathcote. 1 ton to the acre, two years in new oak. Halliday awarded 5 stars, 96 points.
Featured on the wine lists of Nobu, Flower Drum, Ten Minutes By Tractor, M on the Bund Shanghai, Mercedes Me Beijing.Shown globally. Multi award winning Shiraz, Gold at the China Wine Awards. This truly is a benchmark Heath cote Shiraz!
Gold Medal :2014 IWSC Awards 90 Countries,300 judges.
Gold Medal :2012 Australian Wine Showcase. Silver Medal :2014 World's Greatest Shiraz Challenging over 50 entries. Bronze Medal :2013 Visy Great Shiraz Challenge over 350 entries.
Gold Medal :2012 China Wine Awards 930 Countries,100 judges.
RATED FIVE STARS BY JAMES HALLIDAY IN WINE COMPANION 2013 EDITION
This virtual winery was established by Peter Mornement. His philosophy (and businedd plan) as simple: to develop a portfolio of high quality, high-value shiraz from six premium shiraz-producing regions. Each wine would be made by a winemaker in that region with an established reputation, and a simple instruction from Peter: buy the best fruit you can, and use the new oak of your choice.
The quantity of each wine made will be 650 dozen bottles. He has joined forces with John Ellis (of Hanging Rock) for Heathcote; Walter Clappis and Kym Teusner (of their eponymous wineries) for McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley respectively. The wines are sold in a six-bottle case, the initial releases from Heathcote and McLaren Vale, only to subscribers. If all are as good as the first wine released, there is much to look forward to.
Wine Maker: John Ells
When Writers refer to John as the ‘Godfather of Heathcote Shiraz’. John owns Hanging Rock Winery near Mount Macedon in Victoria. John graduated Dux of his year in Oenology at Roseworthy College in 1971 and began his winemaking career with Krondorf and Yalumba wineries. In 1974 John became the foundation wine maker at the newly established Rosemount Estate, where the following year Rosemount won 2 trophies and 17 gold medals.
John is a board member of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. He is Chairman of the Royal Hobart Show and Show Judge at both the Rutherglen and Perth Wine Shows. John selected the fruit for our 2010 Exemplar Shiraz from the smallest vineyard in Heathcote. The vineyard yielded a little over one ton to the acre. The wine spent two years in American Oak barrels before being bottled, labelled and packaged which produced 650 dozen bottles.