Tellurian Heathcote Viogner 2010

The Vineyard & Vintage

The grapes the for 2010 Tellurian Heathcote Viognier are sourced from selected vineyards on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range in rich Cambrian soil. Viticulturist Tim Brown works closely with these growers to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices yield the highest quality fruit for this wine.

The 2010 season started well with moderate winter rain. Early Spring growth was good followed by a hot spell in mid-November and very good rainfalls late in the month. December and January were both relatively dry and hot with temperatures topping 40C in early January. February continued to be hot but some decent rainfall kept the vines
ticking over. In March the weather cooled and whilst a couple of heavy rain events caused some nervous moments, the grapes were harvested in good condition.

In 2010 we hand picked the Viognier at optimum flavour ripeness on 3rd March, a little later than the previous year due to the less extreme summer conditions in 2010.

The Winemaking

The aim with the Tellurian Viognier was to make a wine that showed good varietal character without the heaviness that can be associated with this variety.

The grapes were hand picked and then whole bunch pressed with no heavy pressings being used. After settling in tank overnight the juice was transferred to seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation with light solids. The wine remained in barrel on yeast lees for 7 months prior to bottling. The result is a wine that shows typical Viognier varietal character.

The Wine

The nose shows distinctive Viognier lift in the form of orange blossom, honeysuckle

ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.0%, Titratable Acidity – 5.8 g/L, pH – 3.68

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Wine Reviews

"Barrel Fermented and aged on its lees for seven months on oak, this has style and character.  It smells and tastes of honeysuckle, ginger, orange and apricot. There’s a nice minerality and subtle oak, too. It’s light on its feet, with good acidity keeping the wine fresh through to the persistent finish." …