It had been a number of years since I visitedBress wineryin Harcourt, Victoria and met the winemaker Adam Marks. He was kind enough to show me around the winery and we did some barrel tastings and he gave me some wine to take home. Today I decided to open one of those wines which is the 2009 Bress “Gold Chook” Heathcote Shiraz. After allowing the wine to breathe in my Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux Grand Cru wine glass, the nose displays lovely plum, vanilla, oak and black fruit characters. The nose flows onto the palate which is very well rounded and a nice hit of spice. I particularly enjoy the long finish of this wine as it hangs on. This is a smooth yet powerful wine and thoroughly enjoyed.