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Click here to watch Huon Hooke review of the 2018 Progeny from The Real Review LIVE Top Value Reds
Very deep dark red hue, showing great concentration. A warm vintage shining through with an array of berries. Cherry standing proudly amongst the usual pepper and spices that the Sanguine vineyard throws up. Probably the smoothest early release Progeny to date with mouth filling richness and softening tannin with just a hint of oak in the background, as all good Progeny’s before it. Enjoy now as Progeny is designed, but as history shows most Sanguine shiraz can go the distance.
Winemaker Mark Hunter
Matured for 9 months in French oak, only 10% new. Intended to be approachable as a young wine. All things are relative, but this medium to full-bodied wine will go the distance, however much it may be enjoyed now. It’s supple, but the fruit still has to soften a little.
James Halliday – Published 01 August 2020
Like our highly successful 2012 vintage, the 2018 vintage is shaping up to be one of our exceptional vintages. This is because the 2012 and 2018 vintages followed cooler and wetter years. As an example the 2017 vintage had the biggest canopies and biggest crops that we have ever experienced and as there were no long heat periods or massive heat spikes during summer it meant the vines remained healthy and could carry the fruit without any trouble. Although the 2018 vintage that followed was a particularly hot and dry year, there was plenty of subsoil moisture and very healthy vines with lots of energy carried over from 2017 resulting in great yields, strong canopies and tiny grape bunches that could withstand the heat spikes.
We utilize traditional winemaking practices such as small fermentation tanks, natural fermentation (i.e. no yeast additions) and gravity feeding. Whilst this can be quite labour intensive, we believe it ensures the preservation of natural fruit flavours and the Heathcote terroir character. As with all varieties produced at Sanguine Estate, the grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and then naturally fermented with wild indigenous yeasts in small open fermenters. The wine is then transferred via gravity (to avoid pump shock) to predominantly French oak barriques (approximately 15% new) and left to mature for approximately 12 months.
Origin of Name
Progeny, fondly named for Lyn and Tony’s offspring, Mark and Jodi.
- Wine Showcase Magazine 2019 – Silver Medal 91 Points
- Winestate’s 2019 Mainfreight World’s Greatest Syrah & Shiraz Challenge – 4.5 Stars
- ANZ Boutique Wine Show 2019 – Bronze Medal
- The Real Review – Top 2018 Shiraz Heathcote – 1st Place (as at June 2020)
- The Real Review 2020 – 4 Stars Silver Medal
- 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards – 94 points – Silver Medal
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