2018 HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ
We harvested the Shiraz grapes by hand late March with bunches sorted before destemming. Such was the quality of lignification, a portion was fermented as whole berries to coax and lift their aromatics. In total 30% whole bunch was used to enhance these aromas and spice structure. We always ferment at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks for three weeks in order to build silky tannins that still have the necessary structure capable of ageing - for which we’re known. The wine was then matured for 15 months in tight-grained French oak (15% new) - 90% in large 500L puncheons for slower oak extraction and better balance. Our puncheons, larger than the standard barrique, allows the oak to integrate harmoniously with the Shiraz of this region, letting the wine express its fruit purity and quality.
The cooler year contributed a delightful array of classic bright red fruits - cherries, plums and red liquorice-like raspberry notes. More medium bodied than usual, it’s still plump and fleshy with fine and elegant tannins that will add to its ageing potential. There’s a bit more spice too, typical of Heathcote, but balanced savouriness, crunchy acidity and minerality that drives the wines exceptional length.