Tellurian Heathcote Fiano 2015

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2015 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 2015 season provided close to ideal growing conditions resulting in intense and full flavoured fruit retaining wonderful natural acidity. Characterised by constant warm weather, Vintage 2015 didn’t have any significant heat waves, for the first time in many years. Though the entire growing season was relatively dry, January rains provided much needed soil moisture allowing for perfect ripening conditions.

The Fiano was hand harvested on 15th February at 13.4 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.

The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and the free run juice (65%) and pressings (35%) were run to separate stainless steel tanks for overnight settling. The free run juice was racked and inoculated with a select strain of yeast and fermented in stainless steel. The pressings were racked and transferred to seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The pressings remained on yeast lees in barrel for three months with regular stirring to build texture and complexity before being blended with the free run juice prior to filtration bottling.

THE WINE

The wine is pale straw in colour with some light green tinges. Lemon and kaffir lime citrus aromas dominate the bouquet with hints of pineapple, cut grass, roasted cashew and some floral, spicy notes. The light bodied palate is bursting with fresh lemon and lime citrus characters with some notes of riper tropical fruit that lead to a slightly waxy, honeyed characteristics on the back palate. Fresh minerality and vibrant acidity provide a long

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 7.2 g/L, pH: 3.18



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Wine Reviews

"Terrific example of this Italian variety. Gets a small amount of older oak but mainly it's stainless steel. Clean and mineral crisp apple flavours with a splash of citrus tang. A lick of lemon zest adds some interesting palate weight and depth. Nice texture. 91/100. Best drinking: Now to 2019"…
"I love the weight of this. This has a generosity to it that makes it feel 'serious', in that it's not just fruit forward and breezy, it has a bit of impact. It's still ready to rip, its drinkability high, but grapefruit and citrus flavours rage through the palate, demanding…