Tellurian Heathcote Marsanne 2013

THE VINEYARD

The grapes for the 2013 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 2013 season started with good winter and early spring rain, then from late September the season stayed dry through to harvest. The warm dry conditions accelerated ripening, with harvest kicking off almost two weeks ahead of normal. The Marsanne grapes were hand harvested on the 20th of February at 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 French oak barrels for fermentation. 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 lifted aromas of honeydew melon and ripe pear combined with yeast derived aromas of fresh dough and a hint of oak. The palate shows intense pear and melon flavours combined with a creamy texture balanced by lively acidity providing freshness and length.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 14.0%, Titratable Acidity: 5.4g/L, pH: 3.48

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