Archer Shiraz is a genuine boutique Shiraz from the region d’jour Heathcote. Rapidly developing a reputation as the up and coming Shiraz region of Southern Australia, Heathcote produces powerful Rhone-like wines with typical Australian ripeness and size.
The ARCHER project was put together by renowned Australian wine writer, Nick Stock, in 2004. Having made Heathcote shiraz with his brother under their TWOFOLD label for a couple of years and tasted nigh on every wine being made in the region, he felt there was the potential to deliver better quality and better value Heathcote shiraz. The first ARCHER was released from the 2005 vintage.
Work on crafting balanced, complex and approachable wine starts in the vineyard with a range of parcels selected across different expositions, clone types and harvest dates. In the winery these are all vinified separately in small 10 hectolitre open fermenters, with a reasonable proportion of whole bunches and without the addition of cultured yeast. These are foot trodden and hand plunged.
In 2008, an exceptional parcel of grapes was identified and fermented without any de-stemming and given an extended maceration. This parcel has been bottled as an individual wine under the Eagle Eye label.
“I’m aiming for approachability, elegance and complexity. Wine for drinking.” Nick Stock