Tellurian Tranter Heathcote Shiraz 2010

The Vineyard

The fruit for the 2010 Tranter Heathcote Shiraz was sourced from our own vineyard on 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 richness 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 2010 season started well with moderate winter rain. Good early spring growth was followed by a hot spell in early to mid November with some very good rainfalls towards the end of the month. December and January were both relatively dry and hot with temperatures topping 40C in early January. The heat continued through February, with timely rainfall keeping the vines ticking over. Cooler weather followed in early March, along with some decent rain events.

The grapes for the 2010 Tranter Heathcote Shiraz were hand harvested on 25th February and 3rd March, between 13.5 and 14 baume. Selective handpicking of only the best bunches has ensured the highest quality in a vintage that presented its challenges, but ultimately an excellent year.

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 2010 the grapes were 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) before pressing to a combination of mostly French and some American oak barriques, of which 50% were new. The wine was matured in barrel for 15 months prior to bottling.

The Wine

This wine displays the depth and balance for which this region and variety have become famous. The wine opens with a complex aromatic display which includes aromas of red and blue fruits as well as a range of exotic spices and more earthy notes. The medium bodied palate has great intensity with its core of dark fruit layered with cocoa and spice, and the ultra fine tannins driving through a long, lingering finish.

ANALYSIS: Alcohol – 14.5%, Titratable Acidity – 5.3 g/L, pH – 3.77

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