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2011 Heathcote Estate Shiraz
The site, the fruit
The rare, ideal location of Heathcote Estate, planted on the deep red Cambrian soil, imparts amazing depth and character to our shiraz.
Our 5 individual blocks and their various sections where handled separately in the winery and vintage 2010 created 14 unique batches of wine. The grapes were fermented in a combination of open and closed fermenters after gentle destemming, with some batches receiving whole bunches. The wines where then pressed and transferred immediately into barrels for malolactic fermentation. It remained in barrel for a total of 17 months (a combination of 20% new, second and third use barrels, 100% French oak) and during maturation was racked three times. During the winemaking and maturation process, the most exceptional parcels of shiraz were identified and only the most outstanding made it into the final blend. This commitment to quality saw 40% of the Shiraz being declassified from the final blend. The resulting wine was bottled in September 2011.
A beautifully balanced wine packed with flavour and complexity, embodying the affinity between the Heathcote region and the shiraz grape. Will age for at least 10 years under ideal cellaring conditions.
|Growing Region||Heathcote, Victoria|
|Grape Variety||Shiraz 100%|