Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne 2010

The Vineyard & Vintage

The grapes for the 2010 Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne are sourced from selected vineyards on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range in rich Cambrian soil. Viticulturist Tim Brown works closely with these growers to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield the highest quality fruit for this wine.

The 2010 season started well with moderate winter rain. Early Spring growth was good followed by a hot spell in mid-November and very good rainfalls late in the month. December and January were both relatively dry and hot with temperatures topping 40C in early January. February continued to be hot but some decent rainfall kept the vines ticking over. In March the weather cooled and whilst a couple of heavy rain events caused some nervous moments, the grapes were harvested in good condition on 26th March.

The Winemaking

This is the first vintage of Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne, where the aim was to make a wine that expressed the variety’s richness and flavour.

The fruit was harvested at full flavour maturity at around 14 baume. The grapes where only lightly pressed to avoid phenolic influence. The wine was fermented in a combination of seasoned oak barriques and stainless steel tank. The wine was then aged entirely in stainless steel tank for 7 months on yeast lees, prior to bottling.

The Wine

The nose has aromas of ripe tropical fruit with hints of pear skin and spice. The full bodied palate shows intense flavours of tropical fruit and spice. The complex structure and intense fruit flavours are balanced by gentle acidity and great length.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.5%, Titratable Acidity – 6.3g/L, pH: 3.58

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