The most perfect season
Vintage number 14 for Heathcote II and the first season where Peder have not had to complain about the weather. It has been just perfect through and through. What a contrast to last vintage, after the 2015 warmest spring, the 2016 spring was cold, delaying flowering quite a bit, the summer was relatively mild with a late spurt of heat and with regular rainfall throughout the season. The result is probably over 100h of mowing and a vineyard like we dream it looking like a garden. The biggest crop we have ever had, still a tiny 20 ton but large for us! and every vessel occupied and a lot of juggling during fermentation to make everything fit. Quality looks great and Peder has made a few unique wines for the 2017 vintage.

Tasting notes

GS 2017

With this Grenache Shiraz blend we set out to take advantage of the great vintage 2017 fruit to make an easier drinking wine with shorter oak aging, Cotes du Rhone Style. While we expected the delicate elegance of the wine, the concentration actually surprised us and this wine has evolved into a more typical Heathcote II which will keep very well.

The colour is a vibrant purple, the notes are sour cherries but with a sweet undertone, almost caramel. As it opens in the glass, the wine turns more savoury with darker fruit on the nose and spices in the palate.

Alcohol: 14.0 % w/v