The original Tellurian vineyard was planted in 2003 with 5.6 ha of shiraz vines, with a further 3.6 ha of Shiraz were planted in 2006.
The ancient 500 million year old Cambrian soils of the Toolleen area of the Heathcote region combined with viticultural practices that focus on optimising fruit quality from each vine provide the base building blocks for Tellurain wines.
The majority of grapes were de-stemmed and fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete fermenters, with hand plunging or pump overs once to twice per day. Approximately 12% of the grapes were fermented as whole bunches. The wine was fermented on skins to dryness, between 19-23 days, before being pressed to barrel. Maturation was in mostly French oak (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels for 10 months and included a small portion new oak (10%).
The Wine: This wine is a vibrant expression of Heathcote Shiraz relying on intense fruit combined with subtle oak. Bright red purple colour. The nose displays aromas of blackberry, clove spice with hints of cocoa and earthy notes. The medium bodied palate is bright, lively with juicy dark berry fruit intensity, fine grippy tannins and persistent length.