Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne 2012

The Vineyard

The grapes for the 2012 Heathcote Marsanne are sourced from a select vineyard on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range in rich Cambrian soil. Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown 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 2012 season was close to ideal with reasonable rainfall throughout winter and spring resulting in good early spring canopy growth. January and February were both relatively dry and warm providing ideal ripening conditions. Decent rain events in early March provided moments of concern, although subsequent strong winds dried out the vineyard and provided ideal harvesting conditions. The Marsanne grapes were hand harvested mid March, around 13.5 baume.

The Winemaking

The grapes were hand picked and then whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled for 24 hours and racked while still cloudy. The juice was racked and inoculated with a select strain of yeast before being transferred to six French oak barrels, one of which was new. The wine was then aged on lees without stirring for 6 months, before being stabilised, filtered and bottled.

The Wine

The wine is pale gold in colour. The nose displays a combination of tropical and stone fruit combined with yeast derived aromas of fresh dough. The palate shows intense stone fruit with a creamy texture, and balanced acidity providing freshness and length.

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

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