Tellurian Heathcote Redline Shiraz 2014

THE VINEYARD

The 2014 Tellurian Redline Shiraz was made from selected parcels from the Tellurian vineyard on the western side of the Mt Camel range, where the rich Cambrian soils on the block are in excess of 1.6 metres deep.

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

THE VINTAGE

The 2014 season started with good winter rainfall but this was followed by a dryer than average spring. Despite the lack of rain, vine growth was good and thanks to the fine weather, we had a good fruit set. Hot weather in January and February accelerated the ripening, which started slightly ahead of normal. Quality was excellent across all varieties.

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested on the 26th of February at between 13.7 and 14.5 baume.

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.

The grapes for the Redline Shiraz were gently de-stemmed before fermentation in a combination of stainless steel and concrete fermenters. The wine was matured in a range of mainly older French oak barriques, where it remained for 10 months prior to bottling.

THE WINE

This wine has a deep plum-red colour. The nose displays dark berry fruit, with dark cocoa and subtle oak complexity. The palate shows rich dark fruit melded with fine soft tannins making it a wine that is approachable now but that will also develop with a 1-2 years cellaring.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol: 14.5%, Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/L, pH: 3.67



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