Heathcote Shiraz 2013 Tasting Notes
Heathcote Shiraz 2013- The most intense wine we have made yet
Extreme heat and a dry land vineyard resulted in the most intense Heathcote Shiraz we have ever made. While this offered amazing opportunities, mishandled, it could have resulted in disaster.
Very small berries and high seed to juice ratio meant that the wine is insanely dark in colour and intense in flavor. We had to be very careful to control the amount of tannin extraction resulting from the seeds and dense/ dried fruit character, which can be an issue in these circumstances.
To control the amount and severity of the tannins, we skimmed some of the seeds off the top of the ferment. Luckily this worked.
To control the density and dryness of the wine we fermented the wine as whole berries. This helps preserve the wines’ aromatics and liveliness. Once again, this worked a treat.
Heathcote Vintage Report 2013
2013 was a very warm but forgiving year. Poor rain fall over winter, meant that the vines were on the back foot when the heat of summer came along. A couple of big rainfall events in January and February meant that the vines were able to survive the extremely hot summer, however it took its toll on the size of the berries and the quantity of juice they provided.
The issue of water is a dilemma we face each year. Other vineyards throughout the region, including the ones we use for Cambrian Rise, JSE Members Reserve Shiraz and a portion of Rich Reef Shiraz have a watering system. We like to treat our Athols Paddock a little meaner, which results in a more concentrated wine. In a year like 2013, that means that you the consumer reap the benefits at the cost of the overall volume of wine we have to sell. In 2013 we made only 300 dozen.
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