Tellurian Heathcote Rosé 2012

The Vinyard

The fruit for the 2012 Heathcote Rosé was selected from two vineyards. The Shiraz grapes were hand picked from our own vineyard on Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the western side of the Mt Camel range, where the rich Cambrian soils on the block are in excess of 1.6 metres deep. The Mourvedre grapes were hand picked from a single vineyard on the eastern side of the Mt Camel Range.

Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown manage our own vineyard and work closely with the growers of the Mourvedre vineyard to ensure these vineyards are carefully managed to achieve optimal vine balance and to achieve exceptional fruit quality by using techniques such as shoot positioning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, green harvesting and multiple picking passes.

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 Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes for the 2012 Heathcote Rosé were hand harvested in early March, between 13.0 and 14 baume.

The Winemaking

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

In 2012 the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and transferred to seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine remained in barrel on yeast lees for 7 months prior to bottling. The final blend comprises 50% Shiraz and 50% Mourvedre.

The Wine

This wine has a soft, salmon pink colour. The nose displays sweet red summer fruits, with shortbread aromas and yeast complexity. The palate combines light red berries, creamy texture and a savoury dry finish.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 13.6%, pH: 3.69, TA: 3.8 g/L

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