Tellurian Heathcote Shiraz 2008

The Vineyard

The grapes for the 2008 Tellurian Shiraz came from the Tranter Road vineyard located on the Western slopes of the Mount Camel range overlooking the town of Toolleen. The vineyard is carefully managed to ensure optimal vine balance using techniques such as shoot positioning and thinning, fruit thinning, green harvesting and multiple picking passes in order to ensure exceptional fruit quality. The 2008 Vintage in Heathcote was relatively mild providing ideal ripening conditions until March. The grapes for the 2008 Tellurian Shiraz were hand harvested on the 23rd of February 2008 with the early picking avoiding the effects of the subsequent March heat wave that impacted much of the 2008 vintage

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 2008 the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed prior to fermentation. The grapes were allowed to macerate for two days prior to being inoculated with a selected strain of yeast (Lallemand “Syrah”). The grapes were fermented on skins until dryness (approx. 8 days) before pressing to a combination of predominantly French and some American oak, almost 50% of which was new. The wine was matured in barrel for 12 months prior to bottling.

The Wine

The 2008 Tellurian Shiraz demonstrates why Heathcote is considered one of Australia’s foremost Shiraz growing regions. This wine displays the depth and balance for which this region and variety have become famous. The wine has a complex bouquet of dark cherry, raspberry leaf, cocoa powder and earth that leads on to the palate that has concentrated dark fruit at its core. The palate has drive and depth with excellent length which is supported by fine dusty tannins. ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.5%, Titratable Acidity – 6.3 g/L, pH – 3.78

The Review

95 POINTS – “Exquisite wine. It’s the perfect marriage of grape flavour and oak flavour too. Cedarwood, blackberries, cloves, coffee and woodsmoke – matched to spicy, plummy fruit. There’s drama to the tannin, yet it never intrudes. It has length. Damn it, this nigh-on has it all.” The Big Red Wine Book – Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

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The Big Red Wine Book “This is the first release of a new endeavour, but it’s one of the finds of the year. It’s made by ex-Balgownie winemaking gun Tobias Anstead, and the class and precision of it is quite outstanding.” “2008 Release - Exquisite wine. It’s the perfect marriage…
Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition Crimson-purple; picked 23 Feb, two weeks before the heatwave; a very complex medium- to full-bodied shiraz, with black fruits, spice, pepper and a touch of licorice held in a basket of persistent, savoury tannins that are ripe and ultimately in balance. Has eaten the 50%…