Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Shiraz and Merlot for our dry rose were planted in 1999 on a high, easterly aspect.
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.
Wild fermented in stainless steel and old French barriques. Wild malolactic fermentation on fermentation lees. Stirred on lees to build savory complexity and texture
Tasting: Fresh strawberry, grapefruit, peaches and cream on the nose. Palate is generous with an abundance of fresh berry fruits and creamy texture on the finish. Dry and savory style rose with texture and depth.
Light salmon after minimal time on skins.
strawberry, grapefruit, peaches and cream on the nose.
Palate is generous with an abundance of fresh berry fruits and creamy texture on the finish. Dry and savory style rose with texture and depth.