Tellurian Heathcote Tranter Shiraz 2012

THE VINEYARD

The fruit for the 2012 Tranter Heathcote Shiraz was sourced from our own vineyard in Tranter Rd, Toolleen, on the western side of the Mt Camel range. The vineyard is planted on the deep, rich, Cambrian soil for which the region is renowned, and we believe this is a major contributor to the flavour intensity and structure of the wine.

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 2012 season started well with good winter rain. Early Spring growth was ideal followed by moderate temperatures and reasonable rainfall contributing to good canopy growth. Growing and ripening conditions from December through to February were close to perfect. Despite some rain events in late February, the fruit was hand picked in excellent condition, between 2nd and 9th of March between 13.5 and 14.2 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.

In 2012 the grapes were hand picked then de-stemmed without crushing. The grapes were allowed to macerate on skins for two days prior to being inoculated with a selected strain of yeast. The grapes were fermented on skins until dryness (approx. 9 days) in a combination of large format French oak fermenters, concrete and stainless steel open top fermenters, with a combination of hand plunging or pumpovers twice per day. The wine was pressed to a combination of mostly French (90%) and some American oak (10%) barriques, of which 50% were new. The wine was matured in barrel for 15 months prior to bottling.

THE WINE

This wine shows the ability of the Heathcote region to consistently produce Shiraz with great intensity of flavour as well as exceptional balance. The nose shows dark plum and spice aromas, with hints of charcuterie and some more earthy notes. On the palate the wine opens with plum and cherry fruit as the main drivers, followed by smoked meats, wild herbs, earth and dark cocoa. The fine tannins build on the palate and combine with powerful fruit, to provide great length and structure for ageing.



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Wine Reviews

"Top-grade Heathcote shiraz. Matured in mostly French (but with a spot of American) oak. Smooth, rich and delicious. Pours on the fruit and with it the charm. It tastes of chocolate, sandalwood, cloves and concentrated blackberry/plum/black cherry. Has a force to it and yet’s it’s also fine and immaculate. Highly…
“Good depth of flavour but no thumper. Dry, sinewy, peppery tannin keeps it well in check. Fleshy dark cherry and blackberry fruit notes promote an impression of generosity, but this wine is also angling to be labelled as elegant. It all makes for attractive drinking. That tannin should serve it…