Tellurian Heathcote Viogner 2013

THE VINEYARD

The grapes the for 2013 Tellurian Heathcote Viognier were sourced from two vineyards both on the eastern side of the Mount Camel range on rich Cambrian soil.

Winemaker Tobias Ansted and Viticulturist Tim Brown worked closely with these growers throughout the year to ensure vineyard management and harvesting practices delivered the highest quality fruit for this wine.

THE VINTAGE

The 2013 season started with good winter and early spring rain, but from late September the season stayed dry through to harvest. The warm dry conditions accelerated ripening, with harvest kicking off almost two weeks ahead of normal. The Viognier grapes were hand harvested on the 22nd of February and the 6th of March at 13.5-14.0 baume.

THE WINEMAKING

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 6 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 and honeydew melon with added complexity from the barrel fermentation. The palate has intense varietal flavour with a fine creamy texture, well balanced acidity and great length.

ANALYSIS – Alcohol: 14.5%, Titratable Acidity: 4.8 g/L, pH: 3.59

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