Villages Heathcote Shiraz Grenache (2016)

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REGION: Heathcote

VINEYARD: The majority of the Shiraz is grown by Ian and Lynn Rathjen and Willoughby Bridge Vineyards planted on an easterly facing sections of the Mt Camel range. Proper farmers, salt of the earth, an understanding of their land and vines. The Willoughby Vineyard also produces some of the most compelling and perfumed Grenache I have seen giving the blend the charm and perfume so important in high quality Heathcote red wine.

APPEARANCE: Densely coloured.

BOUQUET: Aromas of violets, spice, red fruits.

PALATE: Moorish tannins, gentle acidity, olive spice, wild herbs, gentle finish, plump and seriously delicious.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS: 2015 was a cracking season with good spring rain and a relatively dry February and March. Crops were normal with good perfume and concentration.

WINEMAKING: Hand picked fruit. Seperate ferments. 40% whole bunch inclusion in the Shiraz, 10% in the Grenache. Small open fermenters, natural fermentation, older 500L casks for 12 months. Gravity handled where possible. Final blend 79.5% Shiraz, 19.2% Grenache, 1.3% Mourvedre

WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, pH: 3.71, TA: 5.7 g/L

CELLARING: Will continue to develop complexity and interest for 6+ years in a good cellar.


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