Heathcote Estate was established in 1999 as an ultra premium producer solely focused on the production of one wine - a single vineyard Heathcote Shiraz. The Bialkower and Kirby families shared vision of excellence is reflected in their single-minded focus on quality across the entire winemaking process.
Heathcote Estate's rich red Cambrian soil and dry mild climate provide the idyllic foundation for producing world class Shiraz. It is for these two reasons that the Heathcote wine district is considered one of Australia's pre-eminent regions for Shiraz.
"Our 5 individual blocks and their various sections where handled separately in the winery and vintage 2010 created 14 unique batches of wine. The grapes were fermented in a combination of open and closed fermenters after gentle destemming, with some batches receiving whole bunches. The wines where then pressed and transferred immediately into barrels for malolactic fermentation. It remained in barrel for a total of 17 months (a combination of 20% new, second and third use barrels, 100% French oak) and during maturation was racked three times. During the winemaking and maturation process, the most exceptional parcels of shiraz were identified and only the most outstanding made it into the final blend. This commitment to quality saw 40% of the Shiraz being declassified from the final blend. The resulting wine was bottled in September 2011."- Heathcote Estate.
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