Whistling Eagle is a stalwart of the Heathcote pantheon, drawn by synergistic reins to its regional sibling, the other cult hero, Jasper Hill. The Eagles Blood Shiraz, the zenith of the range, is hewn of a ferrous tannic mettle and saline freshness borne of the ancient, red Cambrian soils. It is a wine of sheer class and age-worthiness.
Makers Ian and Lynn Rathjen are fourth generation farmers and vignerons, with familial welds to the Heathcote region since the 1850s. Yet it was a visit by acclaimed wine writer Max Allen, on behalf of Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, together with surging demand in the United States, the world’s most competitive fine wine market, that eventually convinced Ian to transform a cottage hobby into a full time career. This was the early 2000s. Things have only moved in an upward trajectory since.