PHI brings together two diverse but complementary wine partners.
The Shelmerdine family has vast viticultural experience in central and southern Victoria and for the past thirty five years has committed to identifying and developing distinctive vineyard sites. Equally, the De Bortoli family, with its long history of winemaking, has a strong understanding of what a "sense of place" can bring to wine.
Together they are proud to present wines that are a true reflection of a unique vineyard.
Vinification: Small batches of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre are vinified from the Shelmerdine Willoughby vineyard in northern Heathcote. Interesting soil profiles with deep red Cambrian volcanic soil mottled with limestone. Each produces unique flavours that are finely textured, have good perfume. It was a cracking season for Grenache.
Analysis: Alc 14.0% TA 5.7g/L pH 3.68
Harvest Date: Syrah 2nd March, Grenache 9th March and Mourvédre 13th March 2015
Bottles: 4,800 bottles
Composition: Syrah 57%, Grenache 29%, Mourvédre 14%
Grower: Stephen and Kate Shelmerdine
Viticulture: Judicious crop thinning to give low crops of concentrated fruit, whole bunch inclusion in both the Syrah and Grenache parcels, natural ferments, older 500L casks.
Tasting Note: Purple hue, plump, ripe, lightly spiced, red and dark fruits, fine tannin.