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.
The growing season got off to an ideal start, with excellent winter rains increasing water storages and providing soil profile moisture for the vines’ forthcoming season. Spring was to be much cooler and wetter than normal and subsequently budburst was delayed. With the days continuing to warm up throughout spring and plenty of soil moisture available to the vines, the shoot growth gained pace. The vines experienced a rough flowering period, with wet and windy conditions hampering an even set. Crops were to be much lighter than
normal, in fact about 40% of long-term averages.
The cooler weather (particularly in regards to daily maximum temperatures) combined with excellent soil moisture meant that the vines were under very little stress throughout the entire ripening period. Subsequently harvest was later than normal by up to four weeks. The vineyard was entirely handpicked with harvest commencing on 29 March and the last parcel of shiraz picked on 5 April. The wet and cool season required detailed and meticulous vineyard management, yields were significantly lower than average, yet quality exceptional. The fruit harvested rewarded our efforts producing wine with detailed flavours, great balance, and finesse rarely seen in Heathcote.
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