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Medium brick red.
Beautiful aromas of ripe cherries And blackberry with a hint of fresh herbs.
A medium weighted wine with cherries and spice in harmony with a fruity dry balanced finish.
Like our highly successful 2012 vintage, the 2018 vintage is shaping up to be one of our exceptional vintages. This is because the 2012 and 2018 vintages followed cooler and wetter years. As an example the 2017 vintage had the biggest canopies and biggest crops that we have ever experienced and as there were no long heat periods or massive heat spikes during summer it meant the vines remained healthy and could carry the fruit without any trouble. Although the 2018 vintage that followed was a particularly hot and dry year, there was plenty of subsoil moisture and very healthy vines with lots of energy carried over from 2017 resulting in great yields, strong canopies and tiny grape bunches that could withstand the heat spikes.
We utilize traditional winemaking practices such as small fermentation tanks, natural fermentation (i.e. no yeast additions) and gravity for grape and wine transfer. Whilst this can be quite labour intensive, we believe it ensures the preservation of natural fruit flavours and the Heathcote terrior character. The Tempranillo grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and lightly crushed into small open top fermenters. A natural fermentation then proceeded. The resulting wine was pressed to French oak barriques (approximately 10% new) for a subtle oak influence. Maturation was extended from 18 to 20 months to allow the wine to soften and show greater complexity. In good cellars, we recommend up to 7 to 10 years aging.
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