Vintages

Vintages

2017

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

Cabernet Franc 2017 - Limited Release

For the first time, we are releasing a single Cabernet Franc. 2017 being a larger vintage, we are able to release a single barrel of pure Cabernet Franc, while continuing to make our popular Myola blend. Widely anticipated and only 300 bottles made.

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Tempranillo 2017 - New Release

The Tempranillo 2017 continues in a classic Spanish style of previous vintages, presenting a dark deep purple colour with aromas of tapenade and wild herbs (thyme) interlaced with dark fruits – plums and mulberries. The oak is subtle with a hint of vanilla and tannins are quite soft. After a while in the glass, the texture becomes richer with a long finish.

Alcohol: 15.0 % w/v

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Grenache 2017 - New Release

Dark with an attractive purple edge, the Grenache 2016 is very juicy at this time with a strong minerality and a very subtle touch of oak. The sweetness of Elderberries balances a great acidity and notes of cherries and red currants. The medium body texture develops in the glass and blueberries make a great finish with a hint of saltiness. This wine should age well.

Alcohol: 15.0 % w/v – pH: 3.22 – Acidity: 6.6 g/L – Residual Sugars: 0.50 g/ L

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Sangiovese Cabernet 2017 - Sold Out

Continuing the Super Tuscan blend popular last vintage with a soft velvety blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Has sold out on release weekend.

GS 2017 - Sold Out

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