Tellurian Heathcote Pastiche Shiraz 2011

The Vinyard

The 2011 Pastiche is a blend of Shiraz from our estate vineyard on Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the western slopes of the Mount Camel range, and three vineyards on the eastern side of Mount Camel near the townships of Cornella and Colbinabbin – all on rich Cambrian soil. Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown worked closely with these growers to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices resulted in the highest quality fruit for this wine.

The Vintage

The 2011 season was one of the wettest and coolest for well over a decade. Whilst these conditions proved challenging at times, intensive canopy management practices were applied in the vineyard to ensure suitable ventilation, and the cooler temperatures enabled slow ripening and good flavour development. The Shiraz grapes were hand harvested between 18 March and 4 April.

The Winemaking

The handpicked grapes were destemmed without crushing and fermented in small open vats between eight and ten days, with hand plunging twice per day. The wine was fermented on skins to dryness before being pressed to barrel. Maturation in mostly French (80%) and American (20%) oak for 15 months, combining a small portion new oak (10%) and mostly seasoned oak has added depth and complexity. 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 Wine

The Pastiche is a vibrant expression of Heathcote Shiraz, made in a medium-bodied style where the focus is on bright fruit combined with subtle oak. Bright red purple colour. The nose displays aromas of red plum with charcuterie and Asian spice notes and just a hint of pepper. The palate is lively and fresh with red plum fruit, well balanced acidity, fine dusty tannins and great length. This Shiraz is made to be approachable in its youth, but will also gain in complexity and finesse over the next 3-5 years.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 13.7%, Titratable Acidity: 5.4 g/L, pH: 3.66

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