A gorgeous savoury, mid-weight wine showing white peppercorn, violet, blue and red fruits on the nose. The tannins are gritty, savoury and long. Drink with a charcuterie plate.
Good winter and early spring rains were followed by a generally dry and mild growing season. After the leaner vintages of 2019 and 2020 it was nice to see a return to long term average crop levels. We had a slow and steady ripening period without any excessive heat spikes which has resulted in super varietal fruit intensity and balanced natural acidity.
A Mary Poppins kind of vintage; practically perfect! Joch is always loathe to comment favourably about vintage quality, for fear of jinxing things – he can be superstitious like that, but by the end of harvest, the word ‘exceptional’ was heard to come out of his mouth.
We pick and ferment the 3 varieties separately so they can develop their own varietal characters before they get blended prior to a little bit of oak maturation and bottling.
Grapes were all picked ripe, but not overripe – the name of the game for Heretic is a balanced mid weight wine. The blend is: Graciano (50%) Touriga Nacional (40%) Shiraz (10%)
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Inviting aromas of strawberries, raspberries, paprika and ground clove. Medium-bodied with gentle tannins. Fresh and fruity on the palate with a hint of white pepper at the finish.
Vineyards: Dutchmans and Edgehill
Picking Date: Touriga 2nd March 2021, Graciano 20th March 2021, Shiraz, varied
Bottling Date: 13th September 2021