The 2018 vintage in Heathcote has produced wines of intense concentration and power. A warm and dry spring led into a classic Heathcote summer, warm days and cool nights. Hand harvesting commenced on the 15th of February and proceeded until the 22nd February. The wines are archetypal Heathcote, darkly coloured, abundant fruit and depth of flavour with seamless structure and balance.
|Harvested||15 Feb - 22 Feb|
The grapes were fermented in a combination of open and closed fermenters with up to three weeks total time on skins. There were 7 individual batches, with a couple of those receiving whole bunches. The wines where then pressed and transferred immediately into barrels for malolactic fermentation. Remained in barrel for a total of 12 months (100% French oak, 300L hogsheads) and during maturation was racked three times.
The 2018 vintage has wonderful balance and intensity of flavour. Bright dark berry fruit and lifted spice dominate the aromas, with subtle supporting French oak. The palate is plush and silky, loaded with dark fruited shiraz intensity. Fine structure and excellent concentration.