An extraordinary result for Heathcote!

In case you are not familiar with the Winewise Championships, to enter in the first place the wine must have received a gold medal at a qualifying regional, state or national wine show so the starting base is GOLD medal winners.  You can imagine how tough the competition is so to get in the top 20 is a huge deal but then to win a medallion – you’re simply the best of the best!  Heathcote did extremely well in 2020 and we have pulled together award winning Winemakers and their wines for this special online tasting.

  • Please click here to see recorded session of this tasting

Host: Winemaker Mark Hunter (Sanguine Estate)


Narelle King of Tar & Roses

Whilst travelling in South America after university, Narelle met a young Australian winemaker who had just completed vintage in Argentina and who lived in France. This lifestyle and the wine business appealed to her greatly, so on returning to Australia, Narelle promptly enrolled in a Winemaking Degree at Charles Sturt University and has never looked back.

With previo


us qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, key accounts experience for a major spirits company and her extensive travel history, Narelle was offered a position at Mitchelton winery, involving accountancy and some cellar work. It was here Narelle met Don Lewis and both a strong friendship and great working relationship was forged.

Sadly, 2017 saw the passing of Don Lewis and the final vintage of his legendary career. Narelle King is carrying on the Tar & Roses tradition of championing Italian and Spanish varietals and producing wines handcrafted from beginning to end.

Tobias Ansted (Tellurian Wines)

I came into the wine industry straight out of school knowing nothing about the industry, from a family whose wine drinking extended to Chestnut Teal and Ben Ean Moselle. My ambition was to work outdoors. During my last year of school I worked at Lark Hill winery, where the family encouraged my interest in winemaking and revealed a world connected to the land that would offer me incredible diversity in my life and career

My greatest inspiration came working as a stagiaire at Domaine Vincent Girardin in the Côte de Beaune. Vincent was an extremely generous man and shared many bottles of Burgundy, his own and others.

I returned to Australia determined to make wines from small ‘domains’, focusing on the vineyard and letting the wines speak for themselves. I was chief winemaker role at Balgownie Estate, in Victoria for eight years, before joining Ian to establish Tellurian.


Wines included in the LIVE broadcast:


  • 2018 Tellurian ‘Pastiche’ Heathcote Shiraz (Medallion winner)
  • 2018 Tar & Roses ‘The Rose’ Heathcote Shiraz (Top 20)
  • 2018 Sanguine Estate ‘Progeny’ Heathcote Shiraz (Top 10)

Other Wines included in the Full Sensory Experience wine pack (see below)

  • 2018 Tellurian ‘Redline’ Heathcote SHiraz  – Top 10 and not part of this live tasting but available in the wine pack below. This wine was included in a previous online tasting event – click here for the recorded session for this wine.
  • 2013 Sanguine Estate ‘Inception’ Heathcote Shiraz – Medallion winner and not part of this live tasting because it is included as part of an Inception Vertical Tasting class soon to be released.  Keep an eye on your inbox for details about this session (please note, offered to wine club members first due to limited availability of this wine).


Participation Options:

Level 1 – Watching and Listening Live is available for all states and territories.

Level 2 – Watching and Listening to a recorded session is available for all states and territories

Level 3 “Full Sensory Experience Wine Packs” is available for Interstate and Victoria customers









Want to go that step further and enjoy the Full Sensory Experience from the comfort of your own home?  Well you can with a “Winewise Championship Heathcote’s Award Winners Wine Pack” delivered to your door prior to the Live tasting session.  We have literally taken the ‘Virtual” out of Virtual wine tasting so not only will you be able to see us, hear us and interact with us from the comfort of your home but now you will be able to join us smelling and tasting in real time (if you can make the tasting date) or by listening and watching a recorded session.

Click here to read more about this special wine pack.


Missed the LIVE tasting? Don’t worry you can still order the pack and we will send you a link to the recorded session to enjoy.  Available for delivery at any time.

Important Coronavirus Delivery notice: for suburbs Australia wide directly serviced by Fastway Couriers it appears that most wine orders are being delivered in their normal service window however for other suburbs eg outer metropolitan and rural areas where Fastway uses Australia Post as their On Freight forwarder delays have been significant.  However, if your wine order arrives after our LIVE virtual tasting session, we will send you a link to a recording of the session so you can still enjoy the full sensory experience.