Heifer Station Hand Picked Shiraz V18
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Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Shiraz was planted in the vineyard in 1999 and makes up 3.8 Hectares of the 25 Hectares of fruit under vine
2018 was year of challenge and reward for the Orange region and Heifer Station. Adequate winter rainfall removed the need for supplementary irrigation until heatwaves in January required small amounts to reduce sunburn and replenish carbohydrates. Balanced nutrition, well timed shoot thinning and leaf plucking ensured optimal tannin ripeness in reds and reduced phenolics in whites proving a brilliant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz vintage. Yields were average to high, while acid retention was brilliant right up to harvest reducing the need for winery additions. Heatwaves in January and hail weeks before harvest threw curve balls to the vineyard team, but the resilient vines withstood the challenge and all varieties reached the crusher in great condition.
An elegant cool climate style of Shiraz with succulent black berry fruit character in abundance on the nose and soft supple tannins across the palate. The wine is underpinned by black pepper, clove and spice. Medium bodied, textural and moreish with forward fruit flavours. The wine is balanced with natural acidity carrying the wine. Wild fermented as whole berries in open fermenters.
100 % Shiraz
Deep crimson red.
Drink now or carefully cellar for 5-10 years
30% New French Oak, 70% Mature for 12 months.
Trophy Winner - Orange Wine Show.
Trophy Winner - Australian Shiraz Challenge.
Australian Shiraz Challenge. Gold Medal
Gold Medal -Small Wine Maker Awards.