Tellurian Heathcote Shiraz 2009

The Vineyard & Vintage

The fruit for the 2009 Tellurian Heathcote Shiraz was sourced from our own 5.6ha vineyard on the western side of Mt camel overlooking the village of Toolleen. The rich Cambrian soils on the block are in excess of 1.6 metres deep and are primary
contributors to the intensity and richness of flavours of the wine.

The vineyard is carefully managed to achieve optimal vine balance and fruit quality using techniques such as shoot positioning and thinning, fruit thinning, green harvesting and multiple picking passes.

The 2009 vintage was challenging for many regions due to heat and drought conditions, with Heathcote less affected than many. Following average winter rains, spring was one of the driest on record with only 49mm of rain, with 41mm of this falling in November ensuring a successful flowering. Rain and cooler temperatures in December meant the vines were in good condition prior to high temperatures in late January and early February. Fruit thinning was completed at this stage to reduce vine stress and ensure each vine could ripen remaining bunches to optimal fruit quality and intensity.

The grapes for the 2009 Tellurian Heathcote Shiraz were hand harvested on 11th March 2009, between 13.5 and 14 baume, with selective handpicking of only the best bunches to maintain the highest quality and avoid any sun and heat damaged bunches.

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 2009 the grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed prior to fermentation. The grapes were allowed to macerate on skins for two days prior to being inoculated with a selected yeast.

The grapes were fermented on skins until dryness (approximately 9 days) before pressing to a combination of predominantly French and some American oak barriques, of which 50% were new. The wine was matured in barrel for 15 months prior to bottling.

The Wine

This wine displays the depth and balance for which this region and variety have become famous. The wine has a intense bouquet of dense, black fruits, cocoa powder and earth which leads on to the palate that has concentrated dark fruit at its core. The palate has intense, rich fruit, drive and depth with excellent length which is supported by fine dusty tannins. ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.5%, Titratable Acidity – 6.2 g/L, pH – 3.75

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