Tellurian Heathcote Viogner 2009

 The Vineyard & Vintage

Grapes for our 2009 Viognier are sourced from selected vineyards near Toolleen and Viticulturist Tim Brown works closely with these growers to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield optimum quality fruit for this wine. The 2009 vintage was a difficult one with the heat and sunburn causing issues with white varieties. The grapes were hand picked and any bunches showing sunburn were rejected. We chose to harvest the grapes at a fairly modest 13 baume to avoid high alcohol and retain natural acidity.

The Winemaking

The aim with the Tellurian Viognier was to make a wine that showed good varietal character without the high alcohol and heaviness that can be associated with this variety. The grapes were whole bunch pressed with no heavy pressings being used. After settling in tank overnight the juice was transferred to older French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine remained in barrel on lees for 9 months prior to bottling. The result is a wine that is as much about texture as lifted Viognier varietal character.

The Wine

The nose shows distinctive Viognier lift in the form of orange blossom and honeysuckle with some gun flint complexity from low level solids and barrel fermentation. The palate is creamy and textured with a fine minerally acidity that provides line and length. ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 13.5%, Titratable Acidity – 5.5 g/ L, pH – 3.47

The Review

91 POINTS – “Lots of flavour   Melons, spice, green apples and honeysuckle. Intense flavour on the finish. Textural, but in a chalky rather than glycerol way. Drinks very well”. Campbell Mattinson – www.winefront.com.au

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition Pale, bright straw-green; whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation in older oak has introduced strong textural elements and toned down the more exotic aspects of viognier's varietal character. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. Rating 90 Drink 2012 $25 Date Tasted Feb 10 To read more…