Paul Osicka ‘Major’s Creek’ Shiraz 2017

“(…).  What an amazing estate this is…”

“(…).  What an amazing estate this is, steeped in family history, pioneer spirit, unique older vines.  (…).  many of the wines off this site have a very distinct personality, quite original for the Heathcote region, and all with a sense of that ‘Aussie bush’ character (…).  the visit to Osicka’s vineyard and winery has been a true highlight. These are extraordinary wines from an extraordinary place.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, September 2018

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Tasting Notes

“A wet spring in 2016 was welcome after the previous hot and dry summer.  The wines responded very well and meant a hectic growing season.  While shoot thinning is conducted every year, we also needed to leaf pluck on the morning side of the vines in the lead up to the 2017 harvest.  A second round of fruit thinning was also required to ensure quality outcomes.  A mild summer and autumn finished the task with some Shiraz harvested on dates two months later than the early 2016 season.

The 10 Ha of Shiraz was hand picked in separate parcels dependent on soil type from the estate vineyard.  Red veined quartz offering spice and tight tannins.  Sandy Ironstone giving thickness and power.  Deeper loams over gravel giving fruit fragrance and silky fine tannins.  The fruit was hand picked and sorted post destemmer.  These parcels were handled by gravity (no pumps) and fermented in small open pots as separate parcels, spending 3 to 4 weeks on skins.  They were then matured in French oak (about 20% new) for about 14 months prior to blending and bottling in June 2018.”
Simon Osicka, Winemaker

Reviews & Awards

“95 points, Exceptional + Special Value”

“This hand-picked wine was fermented for 3-4 weeks on skins and matured in French oak (20% new) for 14 months. Also reflects extensive hand fruit-thinning in the vineyard with its savoury/spicy blackberry/black cherry fruit with silky tannins and a long finish.”
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

“94 points”

“Paul Osicka wines have been the rediscovery of my past year or so. Outstanding older vine site, gentle hand in winemaking, family legacy-making, low key, idiosyncratic in the best possible way.  Here’s another soulful expression from the intriguing site. (…).  Shows deep and dark, licked by gum leaf and green herb, smooth and plush in texture. It’s a hedonistic wine but holds its shape, drawn long on emery board tannins and luxurious in its palate staining way. Perfume is rich, flavours are too, balance is all there, however , and a sense of freshness and drinkability is at ease. (…).”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2019

One of the “Best Wineries of the Regions” + “5 black stars”

Halliday Wine Companion 2019 + 2020

“One of Australia’s greatest family estates.”

Mike Bennie, Delicious Magazine, May 2019

“(…).  What an amazing estate this is…”

“(…).  What an amazing estate this is, steeped in family history, pioneer spirit, unique older vines.  (…).  many of the wines off this site have a very distinct personality, quite original for the Heathcote region, and all with a sense of that ‘Aussie bush’ character (…).  the visit to Osicka’s vineyard and winery has been a true highlight. These are extraordinary wines from an extraordinary place.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, September 2018

“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

“(…).  Pour a glass and sit at the most recent point of a captivating history.”

“(…).  Heathcote in the 1950s; that would have been some place. Paul Osicka is near Heathcote but more accurately is at Graytown, where gold was suddenly all the rage in the 1860s. The word suddenly is apt: gold was discovered in 1868, a town was declared in 1869, the population of the town went from nothing to 12,000 overnight, but just as quickly the gold ran dry and a flood had ruined the diggings. By late 1870, the population had plummeted to 150. Fast forward to World War II, when a prisoner of war camp was established at Graytown. Fascinating. 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. (…).  Pour a glass and sit at the most recent point of a captivating history.”
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2017

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

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2016

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