Tellurian Heathcote Fiano 2014

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2014 Heathcote Fiano was selected from a single vineyard on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range on rich Cambrian soil. Viticulturist Tim Brown and Winemaker Tobias Ansted worked closely with the grower to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices resulted in the highest quality fruit for this wine.

THE VINTAGE

The 2014 season started with good winter rainfall but this was followed by a dryer than average spring. Despite the lack of rain, vine growth was good and thanks to the fine weather we had a good fruit set. Hot weather in January and February accelerated the ripening, which started slightly ahead of normal. Quality across all varieties was excellent.

The Fiano grapes were hand harvested on the 3rd of March, at 12.5 baume.

THE WINEMAKING

The winemaking philosophy is one that aims to allow the fruit to have full expression with winemaking and oak inputs playing a supporting role.

In 2014 the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine was kept on lees prior for three months prior to bottling.

THE WINE

The wine has a yellow green colour. The nose displays lifted aromas of lime with hints of white flowers. The palate has intense lemon and lime flavours with a creamy texture and a clip of crisp acidity providing a long finish.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.4 g/L, pH: 3.1