Planted in 1994, our Heathcote vineyard is situated on a strip of ancient, highly prized Cambrian soil on the east facing slopes of Mount Camel in Central Victoria, north of the Heathcote township. These ancient soils are synonymous with the region and gives the wine its unique structure. The oldest and best blocks were used for the Lunatiq blend.
Near perfect conditions were experienced in Heathcote for the 2021 season. Great winter rains were followed by a mild and stress free spring and autumn. With no rush to pick, all of the blocks were harvested at their optimal ripeness levels which delivered exceptional fruit. The fruit arrived at the winery in near perfect condition, clean turgid and with exceptional colour. With a portion of the block being handpicked, approximately 17% whole bunches were included, the remaining fruit was de-stemmed but not crushed to preserve as many whole berries as possible. A three day cold soak, followed by a 14 day ferment at 23ºC in open top fermenters with gentle pump overs to maximize flavour and colour without over extracting tannin. The wine was matured in tight grain French oak barriques (15% new) for 14 months. The best barrels were blended and held until bottling.
Dark, inky purple with a vibrant hue. The nose shows rich dark fruits with the full array of pepper, charcuterie, and a subtle lift of French Oak. The palate has a richness and softness with dark blue berry fruit chocolate and some sweet spice. The tannin from the stalk and oak working well together giving length a silky texture and a fine moreish finish.
Alcohol – 14.8%
Cellaring – 10+ years