Tellurian Heathcote Nero D’Avola 2014


The fruit for the 2014 Heathcote Nero D’Avola 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 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 grapes for this wine were hand harvested on the 7th of March at 13.0 baume.


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

Nero D’Avola is a variety that can produce robust tannins, so our approach was to treat it gently in the winery with the aim of taming its rustic nature. In 2014 the grapes were gently de-stemmed before fermentation in small open fermenters. The wine was then pressed and transferred to older French oak barrels for 10 months prior to filtration and bottling.


The 2014 Tellurian Nero D’Avola has a medium plum red colour. The nose shows lifted cherry aromas, warm spice with oak very much in the background. The palate is medium bodied with distinct cherry flavours framed by fine soft tannins. Extremely approachable in its youth, this wine will gain some complexity over 3-5 year with careful cellaring.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 13.4%, Titratable Acidity: 5.25 g/L, pH: 3.77

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