Tellurian Heathcote Rosé 2013

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2013 Heathcote Rosé was selected from 3 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 me- tres deep. The Mourvedre and Nero D’Avola grapes were hand picked from two separate vineyards 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 2013 season started with good winter and early spring rain, but 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 Shiraz, Mourvedre and Nero D’Avola grapes for the 2013 Heathcote Rosé were hand harvested between 11th February and 14th of March, at between 12.6 and 13.2 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 2013 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 5 months prior to bottling. The final blend comprises 55% Shiraz and 27% Mourvedre and 18% Nero D’Avola.

THE WINE

This wine has a soft, salmon pink colour. The nose displays lifted red summer fruits, with some subtle barrel ferment aromas and yeast complexity. The palate combines light red berries, an almost chalky texture and a savoury dry finish.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.18



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