Tellurian meaning ‘of the earth’ reflects our deep respect for the unique character
of Heathcote’s famed red soils and a desire to simply express the essence of our vineyards
in hand crafted wines including shiraz and alternate varieties that are perfectly
suited to our climate and lifestyle.

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The People

Winemaker Tobias Ansted has worked in the region for over a decade. Tobias works on a minimal intervention basis to craft wines that are a true expression of their site.
Ian Hopkins passion for wines from the Heathcote region was the springboard for the establishment of the Tellurian venture.
General Manager Daniel Hopkins has marketed some of the world’s most recognisable brands, now working closely with many of Australia’s leading restaurants who have embraced Tellurian on their wine lists.

The Beginnings

Tellurian Wines Heathcote was established in 2002 by Ian Hopkins with the purchase of a parcel of farming land on the western slopes of the Mt Camel range, overlooking the township of Toolleen. The original Tellurian vineyard was planted to Shiraz that year, with further Shiraz plantings in 2003, 2006 and alternate varietal plantings in 2011 and 2012.

In 2006 Winemaker Tobias Ansted and viticultural consultant Tim Brown joined Tellurian in preparation for the first vintage, which produced the 2008 Tellurian Heathcote Shiraz. In 2009 the first Pastiche Shiraz was introduced, combining fruit from both our Tranter Rd Vineyard, and the Tuohey family vineyard on the eastern side of the Mt Camel Range.

The Vineyard

Our Tranter Rd vineyard is located on the western slopes of the Mt Camel Range overlooking the township of Toolleen. The 80 ha of land includes 22 ha under vine, comprising of 16 ha of Shiraz planted in 2002, 2003 and 2006, with the remaining area planted in 2011 and 2012 including Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, Riesling and Nero D’Avola.

The cambrian soils are deep, rich, red decomposed greenstone rock, with soils depths across the vineyard up to 2m. These ancient cambrian soils of the Toolleen area of the Heathcote region combined with viticultural practices that focus on optimising fruit quality from each vine, provides the base building blocks for our wines.

 

Our flagship Tellurian Tranter Shiraz is made exclusively from our Tranter Rd vineyard. Tellurian Winemaker Tobias Ansted and viticulturist Tim Brown work closely with select growers near Toolleen, to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield optimum quality for fruit that contributes to our Pastiche Shiraz, Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, Viognier and Marsanne.

We work closely with the Touhey family vineyard on the eastern side of Mt Camel who grow grapes that are blended with fruit from our estate vineyard for the Tellurian Heathcote Pastiche Shiraz.

Grapes for our Viognier are sourced from selected vineyards in close proximity to Toolleen and we work closely with these growers to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield optimum quality fruit for each of the wines.

The Winemaking

Our overarching winemaking philosophy is to produce well balanced wines where winemaking and oak inputs play a supporting role to allow the fruit to express its varietal characteristics.  Under this philosophy each wine is handcrafted to express the characteristics of the site and the subtleties of the particular vintage.

The wines from the 2012 vintage, were the first made in our new winery in Tranter Rd Toolleen. The new winery was built to 100 tonne crush capacity and includes three 5000L French oak fermenters, seven concrete (stainless steel lined) fermenters and a bank of seven open top stainless steel fermenters.