Tellurian 'Tranter' Shiraz 2016 (Heathcote, Victoria) "...blackberry, spice, cocoa..."
Heathcote is best known for its Shiraz and the ‘Tranter’ is classic example with intensity, complexity, structure and depth of flavour that have made the Heathcote region famous. The fruit for the Tranter Shiraz is picked later than Pastiche Shiraz to provide richer fruit. The wine has extended aging for 18 months French oak barrels (50% new oak) to provide additional structure and complexity.
Located on the western slopes of Mt Camel Range, Tellurian is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the Heathcote wine region. The newly released 2014 Tellurian Tranter Shiraz is another superb example of Heathcote Shiraz that will only strengthen the reputation of this winery.
2016 provided ideal conditions for intense, full flavoured fruit retaining wonderful natural acidity. Whilst the entire season was relatively dry, good shoot growth and flowering was achieved followed by even fruit set in all varieties. Above average overnight summer temperatures and lower than average yields, led to faster ripening and our earliest vintage to date.
100% de-stemmed, batches fermented separately in open top stainless steel, concrete (stainless steel lined) and 4 year-old 5000L French Oak; on skins for 16 to 26 days, hand plunging or pump overs daily. Batches maturated separately for 18 months prior to blending and bottling, in mostly large format French oak puncheons, demi muids and barriques, and a small portion of American oak barriques.
"Tellurian's flagship wine, with some very good fruit, all destemmed, variously fermented in stainless steel and stainless steel-lined concrete open fermenters and a 4yo French foudre (vat), 16-26 days on skins, matured in 95% French oak and 5% American oak. Very good retention of colour, not the least forward. Medium-bodied, with plum, spice and a touch of Central Victoria mint. The gentle tannins are resolved, the only question whether a shorter time in oak (or different handling) would have made an even better wine. Good value, and ready now. 92 Points. $40.00. 14.5% alc. Drink By: 2030 Screwcap" - 92 Points, James Halliday,