Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne 2011

The Vineyard

The grapes for the 2011 Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne are sourced from a select vineyard on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range in rich Cambrian soil.
Viticulturist Tim Brown and winemaker Tobias Ansted are actively involved throughout the growing season to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield the highest quality fruit for this wine.

The Vintage

The 2011 season was one of the wettest and coolest for well over a decade. Whilst these conditions proved challenging at times, the intensive canopy management in the vineyard provided suitable ventilation, and the cooler temperatures enabled slow ripening and good flavour development. The grapes were hand harvested in good condition on 18th March 2011.

The Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked at 13 baume and then whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled for 24 hours and racked while still cloudy. Half the juice was transferred to six French oak barrels, one of which was new, with the remaining juice in stainless steel. The juices were then inoculated with a non-saccharomyces yeast strain and allowed to fermented for several days before a second inoculation this time with a saccharomyces cerevisiae strain. This was done to add extra complexity to the wine.
Post fermentation, the two batches remained separate in tank and barrel for 5 months on lees, at which point they were racked, stabilised and bottled.

The Wine

The wine is pale straw in colour. The nose displays a combination of yeast derived aromas of fresh dough and ricotta which give way to aromas of ripe stone fruit and pear with hints of tropical fruit. The palate shows intense stone fruit with a creamy texture, fine acidity providing freshness and length.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.0%, Titratable Acidity – 5.2g/L, pH: 3.52

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