Heathvale The Provenance 2012

Heathvale Vineyards Eden Valley The Provenance

Vineyard: The site location is mid to northern end of Eden Valley with low annual rainfall between 450 - 600ml. Vines grow in tight heavy clay soils over layers of volcanic rock. The Provenance is a superb blend of Cabernet & Shiraz grapes dry grown in the Heathvale Vineyards. The blend of these two grape varieties is also previously as Claret.

Season: Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, January and the end of February. This provided for a slow ripening period, which allowed for concentrated fruit, high colour and acidity. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines. Temperatures were mild during harvest  allowing for a long window of hand picking.

Wine making: NA

Appearance: Deep brick red.

Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of juicy plum, red cherry, mulberry, blueberry and  cranberry notes.  Vibrant, deep spice displays hints of liquorice and vanillin French Oak.

Palate: Intense concentrated Cabernet fruit fills the palate with rich Shiraz berries dancing around peppery spicy notes. A mouth filling wine with a savoury but elegant finish.

Food Pairing: Beef Wellington with seasonal vegetables, Sunday Lamb roast, pulled beef on a brioche bun.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 40 dozen (750ml)

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Wine maker: Chris Taylor/Trevor March

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Moving to Eden Valley and the old ‘Heathvale’ property in the mid 1980’s we learnt bits about its history from local residents until a chance visit by one of William Heath’s daughters, in her 90’s, opened up a whole new dimension for us.