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While escaping the frost which affected much of the Heathcote region in October 2013, windy conditions at flowering led to poor fruit set and lower than average crops.
The summer was mostly warm and dry. Heat spikes in late January & early February were followed by mild weather in the lead up to harvest.
Greenstone - Colbinabbin, Heathcote. Ancient Red Cambrian soils interspersed with copper-infused basalt (Greenstone). Easterly aspect, east-west row orientation. PT10 clone close-planted in 2003. Cane Pruned. Hand-picked in two batches early on the mornings of 14/03/14 & 25/03/14.
75% destemmed, with 25% whole bunches added into open fermenters. Fermentation with wild yeast took place once the must had warmed naturally over a number of days. The cap was gently hand plunged daily, as well as pumped over twice per day during the peak of ferment. After 17 days on skins the wine was pressed and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. 33% of the oak was new French barriques (Remond, Vallaurine and Saury), with the remainder in older French barriques. The wine was racked twice during its 16 months in barrel, before bottling unfined. Bottled on 28/8/15.
The 2014 Journey Wines Heathcote Shiraz exhibits a dark garnet colour with vivid purple tints. The nose it at once incredibly aromatic yet concentrated - defined by aromas of plums, blackberries, cedar and spice. The wine is medium bodied yet complex, silky tannins provide detail and length to a very fine finish.
13.5% alcohol Screwcap
96 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017
$40 per bottleQTY