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  • 2016 Heathcote


    The Vintage

    The coldest Winter in recent memory led into a warm and dry Spring and early Summer. The warm and dry conditions continued through late Summer, leading to the earliest harvest on record.

    The Site

    Chalmers - Colbinabbin, Heathcote.

    Ancient Red Cambrian soils interspersed with copper-infused basalt. Easterly aspect, east-west row orientation.

    The Winemaking

    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 one per day during the peak of ferment. After 20 days on skins the wine was pressed and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. 30% of the oak was new French barriques (Vallaurine, Ermitage 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 31/07/17.

    The Wine

    The 2016 Journey Wines Heathcote Shiraz is a bright garnet colour. The nose of red plum and mulberry shows distinct white-pepper spice. The palate is vibrant and fresh, a soft and juicy mid palate with flavours of plums, liquorice and blackberry leading to a long and silky finish.

    14.0% alcohol Screwcap

    $38 per bottle

    2016 Heathcote Shiraz