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2022 Heathcote Estate Shiraz Pressings

2022 Heathcote Estate Shiraz Pressings
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Along bone-chilling winter in Heathcote led into a mild and suitably wet spring.  Soil moisture was key to getting the season off to this great start.  Mild conditions continued throughout the summer and the harvest didn't commence until the very last day of February, roughly two weeks later than average.  Picking in the first weeks of autumn is ideal and the quality of the fruit was as good as we could wish for.



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.                               



Winemaker Notes
The pressings selection is a collection of the very last few litres of wine from the fermented grape skins when the press is nearing completion. These presious few litres are loaded with fine graphite-like, dry and firm tannins. The "pressings' were transferred into 500L puncheons for malolactic fermentation. Racked twice during maturation, bottled February 2023.
Tasting Notes
The resultant wine is highly fragrant and detailed with a super long and concentrated palate. A firmly structured wine with savoury tannins, and yet incredible perfume and sense of elegance. It will reward extended cellaring.

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