Tellurian Heathcote Pastiche Shiraz 2012

THE VINEYARD

The 2012 Pastiche is a blend of Shiraz from our estate vineyard in Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the western slopes of the Mount Camel range and the Tuohey family vineyard on the eastern side of Mount Camel in Colbinabbin. Both vineyards have been planted on the deep, rich, Cambrian soil for which the region is renowned.

Both our Toolleen vineyard and the Tuohey vineyard are carefully managed by Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown to ensure optimal vine balance using techniques such as shoot positioning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning and green harvesting in order to ensure exceptional fruit quality.

THE VINTAGE

The 2012 season started well with good winter rain. Early Spring growth was ideal followed by moderate temperatures and reasonable rainfall contributing to good canopy growth. Growing and ripening conditions from December through to February were close to perfect. Despite decent rain events in late February, the fruit was hand picked in excellent condition between 1st and 9th March.

THE WINEMAKING

The hand picked grapes were destemmed without crushing and fermented in small open vats between 9 – 14 days, with hand plunging twice per day. The wine was fermented on skins to dryness before being pressed to barrel. Maturation in mostly French (90%) and American (10%) oak for 10 months, combining a small portion new oak (10%) and mostly seasoned oak has allowed the fruit to have full expression with the oak 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, juicy fruit combined with subtle oak. Bright red purple colour. The nose displays aromas of dark plum and black fruit with hints of cocoa and sweet spice. The palate is vibrant with rich dark fruit intensity, well balanced acidity, with fine tannin structure providing 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: 14.4%, Titratable Acidity: 5.25 g/L, pH: 3.8

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