Tellurian was born of founder Ian Hopkins' passion for Heathcote shiraz. Offered the opportunity to partner in establishing a new vineyard on the Mount Camel range in 2002, Ian’s caution was overcome by the idea of crafting something fine and beautiful from Heathcote’s 550 million-year-old Cambrian soils.
Bringing together the team, winemaker Tobias Ansted, viticulturist Tim Brown and co-principal Daniel Hopkins, Ian’s never-say-die attitude saw the first vintage of Tellurian shiraz bottled in 2008. Within four years he had completed building of an Australian shed-style winery and cellar door overlooking 32 ha of vineyards.
Shiraz was the first planting, but over time they have added Rhone varieties, grenache, mouverdre, carignan, grenache gris, marsanne, roussane and viognier and Italian wines; nero d’avola and fiano which are perfectly suited to the region's continental climate.
“Deep red colour with a good purple tint. The aromas are reserved and shy but fresh and clean, red cherry to raspberry and blackberry fruit and not simplistic: it has some savoury notes that add interest. The wine is supple and succulent in the mouth with ample fine grained tannins that coat the tongue. Just medium-length, but a delicious wine.” – 94 points, Huon Hooke