Tellurian Heathcote Rosé 2015

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2015 Heathcote Rosé was sourced from our own vineyard in Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the Western side of the Mt Camel range. The vineyard is planted on the deep, rich, Cambrian soil for which the region is renowned. The vineyard is carefully managed to achieve optimal vine balance and to ensure exceptional fruit quality by using techniques such as shoot positioning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, green harvesting and multiple picking passes.

The 2015 Heathcote Rosé is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Nero D’Avola and Mourvèdre.

THE VINTAGE

The 2015 season provided close to ideal growing conditions resulting in intense and full flavoured fruit retaining wonderful natural acidity. Characterised by constant warm weather, Vintage 2015 didn’t have any significant heatwaves, for the first time in many years. Though the entire growing season was relatively dry, January rains provided much needed soil moisture allowing for perfect ripening conditions.

Each variety was handpicked separately and picked specifically for the Rosé at optimal ripeness beginning with the Shiraz on 4th February, Grenache and Nero D’Avola on 17th February and Mourvèdre on 19th February.

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 2015 the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and transferred to seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine remained on yeast lees in barrel for three months prior to bottling. The final blend comprises 40% Shiraz, 40% Grenache, 10% Nero D’Avola, and 10% Mourvèdre.

THE WINE

The 2015 Tellurian Rosé is a pale salmon colour and shows a complex bouquet of jubey red fruit with some yeasty complexity from barrel fermentation. The light weight palate is dry and savoury showing red apple, red currant and cranberry fruit flavours. The fine chalky texture is well supported by mouth watering acidity providing a clean fresh finish.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.5 g/L, pH: 3.23

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