2019 Inception Shiraz (formerly our ‘Estate’ Shiraz)


2019 Inception Shiraz (formerly our ‘Estate’ Shiraz)

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 vintage was exceptional for Sanguine and this has all the hallmarks of a complex age worthy Heathcote shiraz.  A very concentrated dark purple, bright and youthful.  Pleasing aromas of violet, dark cherry and blackberrys with just a hint of oak and spice absorbed by the intense concentration of fruit.  This shiraz is classic Sanguine, rich, vibrant with great balance. The noticeable tannins combined with lush cherry and blackberry fruit give this wine great length and texture, totally delicious. Mark Hunter WINEMAKER

Very attractive stylish floral fragrances and a big rich and oaky palate.  Soft in the mouth with lovely sweet and spicy varietal fruit across the length of the palate “Has great presence!” Winestate Magazine – World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah XVI Score: 98 ★★★★★

Ink-black heart to a deep and intensely purple rim. Blackberry, iodine and warm tar aromas. The colour and nose prepare you for an intense wine and that is exactly what we have here.  Big, dark fruits sit in the middle but it’s the weight of deep earthy-savouries that really stand out. There’s a hint of saline acidity then a firm grip of chewy but well-contextualised tannins that focus and define this wine. The tension between weight and structure is very well handled and it lingers for an age on the palate. Will reward significant cellaring. (Screwcap)  Stuart Knox THE REAL REVIEW  Score: 94 ★★★★

Ranked: #1 of 24 2019 Shiraz from Heathcote

Origin of Name

When we introduced the Progeny Shiraz and D’Orsa shiraz to our range, it was always our intention to add a “stage” name to the “Estate” shiraz however it has taken some time to agree on that perfect name.  So from the 2012 vintage, the “Estate” Shiraz was called “Inception” meaning the beginning of something or the establishment or starting point of our family business. A very fitting name considering the Estate shiraz is our flagship wine.

Vintage Overview

A relatively dry winter was followed by some useful spring rain. The vines grew well early in part thanks to a healthy end of 2018 vintage providing lots of stored energy.  January and February were relentlessly hot and dry, bringing on harvest early and fast paced. An early start to harvest always makes me nervous as the sugars are accumulating faster than the preferred flavour profile, sometimes resulting in high alcohol with green characters.  We got started earlier than normal but thankfully all the flavour was there resulting in a very special vintage with deeply concentrated wines.


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 terrior 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 10% new) and left to mature for approximately 18 months.

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  • Portavin Trophy Winner, Best Victorian Wine – Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
  • Gold Medal – Interpack Heathcote Wine Show
  • 5 stars 98/100, top 10% in challenge PLUS the best or “Top wine” in the $40 to $45 class – Winestate Magazine – World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah XVI
  • Awarded by wine reviewer Stuart Knox from The Real Review as a “Top Rank” wine beating 23 other 2019 Heathcote Shiraz to be the Top wine of the July 2021 tasting.  Click here to see the list

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Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg