Paul Osicka ‘Major’s Creek’ Shiraz 2015

SOLD OUT.  2016 due April 2018

Winemaker’s comments:
“The 10 Ha of our single vineyard mature (60 year old) dry grown Shiraz was hand picked in separate parcels, reflecting the different soil types.  Each parcel imparts its own character into the final blend. The wines were fermented in one and two tonne open fermenters using different treatments including some inclusion of whole bunches on a couple of parcels.  The wines all spent between 3 to 4 weeks on skins before being batched based on specific soil type in the vineyard.  They were then matured in French oak Hogsheads (25 % new) for about 16 months prior to blending and bottling.

We are quite excited by the red wines out of 2015, which have purity, concentration and balance. The nose is vibrant with blue fruits and Dutch liquorice, then complexing characters of dark pepper, graphite, cedar and exotic spices. The palate is initially quite juicy and flavoursome with silky tannins. Then it becomes more savoury textured as a core of dark fruits and chocolate underpinned by cedary oak and tannin carries through to the finish.”
Simon Osicka

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“92 points” 

“It’s made from all old vine fruit – 95% of the wine was grown on shiraz vines planted in the 1950s, the remainder on vines planted in the 1960s and 70s. It’s fermented in open pots before going into French oak. (…).  Graytown, give or take, is considered the geographical centre of Victoria. For a longish period Paul Osicka – of Czechoslovakian heritage – was Heathcote wine in its entirety. Reliable. Hearty. Smooth-skinned. Deepset with blackberried, plum-shot fruit flavour.  All positives. Add notes of clove, anise, mocha and gum leaf, fasten it together with firm, dry tannin, and you have yourself a red perfect for midst-of-winter drinking. Pour a glass and sit at the most recent point of a captivating history.”
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2017

“92 points” 

“A blend across early 1950s plantings (95%) and fruit planted in the 1960’s and 1970s, this is a sturdy, barrel-chested shiraz plied with ample grape tannins, savoury herb and eucalyptus tones and well applied oak. A cavalcade of thick, dark fruit flavours is kept well in check, running wild eyed out of the gates before the structural supports suggest time is of the essence.”
Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2018

Paul Osicka Wines

“Best Wineries of the Regions, 5 red stars” 

Halliday Wine Companion 2015 – 2018

“(…). The Osicka reds rarely leave room for any doubt. (…).” 

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2016

“One of the Best Central Victoria Producers” 

Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book 2015

“Star Cellar Door: Heathcote”  

“Okay, you might need a packed lunch for this one but do not be diverted from your task.  You are on the hunt for some of Australia’s best red wines (ssshhh, it’s a secret).  The Osickas are a quiet bunch, happy to let their wines do the talking.  There is no website (heathcotewinehub.com.au offers a little insight), the cellar door is open only by appointment but, to those in the know, that’s all for the better.  Paul and Rosalie Osicka arrived in Australia in 1951, refugees from war-torn Czechoslovakia with skills in winemaking.  They bought land near Graytown, used cuttings from the nearby Segafredo Vineyard and got started.  Paul Jnr nautrally understood the red grapes of his region, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, and produced wines rich in complexity but never overstated.  Overstatement is definately not an Osicka trait.  Paul Jr’s son, Simon, a former group red winemaker for Constellation Wines/Hardys, is now in charge.”
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Best Cellar Door Awards 2017

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