Tellurian Heathcote Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2014

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2014 Heathcote Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre was selected from two vineyards in the central and northern zones of the Heathcote region. The Shiraz and Grenache fruit was from our own vineyard in Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the western side of the Mt Camel range, where the rich Cambrian soils on the block are in excess of 1.6 metres deep.

The Mourvèdre was from a single vineyard on the eastern side of the Mt Camel Range. Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown work closely with this grower to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices are consistent with our own vineyard where techniques such as shoot positioning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, and green harvesting are adopted to ensure exceptional fruit quality.

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 was excellent across all varieties.

The Shiraz grapes for the 2014 GSM were harvested on 25th February, followed by Grenache on 13th March and Mourvèdre on 2nd April.

THE WINEMAKING

Tellurian Winemaker Tobias Ansted’s philosophy is one that aims to allow the fruit to have full expression with winemaking and oak inputs playing a supporting role.

The Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvèdre grapes were de-stemmed prior to fermentation in small open top fermenters, with each parcel kept seperate until final blending. The grapes were on skins between 10-19 days, with all batches hand plunged or pumped over once to twice per day before pressing to barrel. The wine was matured in seasoned French oak barriques for 10 months prior to bottling. The final blend is made up of 51% Grenache, 28% Shiraz and 21% Mourvèdre.

THE WINE

The wine is bright plum red in colour, with lifted aromas of plum and wild strawberry with some complex spicy notes. The palate is soft and supple with a lively mid-palate and juicy fruit leading to a long balanced finish, with a savoury edge and ultra fine tannins. A wine that is seductive in its youth, and expected to gain in complexity over the next 3-5 years.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 14.8% Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/L, pH: 3.67



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Wine Reviews

“Unusual nose of honey, ground almonds, vanilla and pretty red fruits. The vibrant, dark berry fruit palate is plump and textured, nicely supported by peppery elements. This is powerfully constructed but with enough flesh to balance." Drink 2016-2022 90 Points - Highly Recommended” Decanter Magazine March 2016
"Lovely floral notes on the nose. The complex mix of savoury raspberry and iron filing characters is quite distinctive of Heathcote. Brilliant vibrant colour, with a bright and lively palate. A little grip on the back palate tidies things up a bit. This is a nice wine that has a…