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2016 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz

2016 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Shiraz
Alcohol %
14
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2016 HEATHCOTE ESTATE RELEASE

The 2016 vintage was exceptional in Heathcote, with all the makings of our finest yet. 

One of our coldest winters in recent memory was followed by a warm and dry spring, with perfect, even set and growth. The warm, dry and consistent conditions prevailed throughout summer, resulting in highly concentrated small berries.

The vintage shows truly classic ‘Heathcote’ character - exceptional concentration and detail, tightly packed savoury tannins, and quintessential gunflint, graphite-like character so unique to the our vineyard, coupled with a spectrum of vibrant fruit flavours.  The incredible structure and detail of these wines ensures their longevity.

We have bottled four wines from this remarkable vintage, including two Single Block Releases – Block C & Block F. It has been a long, four year wait for this release of block wines, further reinforcing our high standards with regard to bottling special release wines.

Tom Carson, Winemaker

 

VINTAGE 2016

Central Victoria had one of its coldest winters in some time, with low rainfall.  Spring was warm and dry. The vines burst into life in September, with fantastic early season growth and development that was typical of recent seasons. The above average maximum temperatures in October encouraged the vines’ early development, these warmer conditions continued throughout the latter part of spring and into summer. December was particularly warm and dry, which had a significant influence on the eventual small berries and light bunches that occurred at harvest.  January brought isolated storms, helping to maintain vine health through both atmospheric moisture/rain and cooler overcast ripening temperatures at times.

It was our earliest harvest on record, with the first parcel of Shiraz picked on 4 February and the last on 12 February.  The fruit from 2016 was characterised by an exceptionally light crop, tiny berries, excellent tannin structure and concentration.

 

THE VINEYARD

The Heathcote Estate vineyard was planted in 1999 and is situated on Drummond's Lane, bordering the well-known Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Vineyard.

The vineyard is planted on the slightly undulating, north-facing country on the ancient Cambrian soils which define the heart of the region.  This is classic Heathcote terrain - rich red-brown top soil of variable depth, but on average 15 centimetres lying above a sub-soil of clay, small rocks, ‘greenstones’, quartz and rubble.

This is scarcely fertile country, but it is ideal for vines as it has excellent water-holding capacity, without promoting too much vigour. The vast majority of the vineyard is planted to Shiraz (72 acres), with just one block of grenache.  There are five clones of shiraz planted - BVRC12, BVRC30, ESA3021, PT23, SA1654, SA1127.                               

 

WINEMAKING

Winemaking is essentially a pretty simple process and there is much talk these days about winemakers who ‘do nothing’.  That doesn’t particularly make much sense to us, do nothing, get nothing. We like to describe it more like minimal intervention. A combination of intervening when required, but also backing off when we let nature run it’s course.

It is an evolution and philosophy that we are continually refining and tweaking. This results in subtle modifications of our techniques, such as increased use of whole bunches in the ferments, maturation in large 6,500L oak vats and 500L French oak barrels and shorter barrel ageing times.

 

2016 HEATHCOTE ESTATE SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ

Harvested: 4 -13 February

Alcohol: 14%

Clones: BVRC12, BVRC30, ESA3021, PT23, SA1654, SA1127

Soil: Rich, red top soil of variable depth, lying above a sub-soil of clay, small rocks, ‘greenstones’, quartz and rubble.

Barrel: 11 months. 500L French oak puncheons. Some parcels aged in 6250L cuves. 20% new

Our five individual blocks and their various sections where handled separately in the winery and vintage 2016 created 11 unique batches of wine. The grapes were fermented in a combination of traditional open and closed fermenters after gentle destemming, with some batches receiving whole bunches. The wines were then pressed and transferred into French Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation – majority 300L hogsheads, some 500L puncheons and some parcels aged in traditional 6250L cuves. Racked twice during maturation, bottled February 2017. 

Lifted perfume with layers of red and black fruits.  Pristine and poised with floral notes, tar, gun flint and exceptional concentration and purity. The palate is seamless and fine, loaded with fruit texture and tightly packed savoury tannins. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Shiraz
Alcohol %
14
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