Heretic is a lively, bright wine with a fresh palate and long finish. It is medium bodied and shows red fruits with a hint of bergamot (also found in Early Grey tea). Lively, mid-weight, savoury and utterly delicious.
We had above average winter rainfall and although we had a dry June, we recorded decent falls in July and August. Below average rainfall was recorded in spring, and we experienced some warm spring nights. Summer rain tally was also below average despite a wet December. McLaren Vale experienced warm a warm Autumn ripening period with low rainfall. Overall vintage in McLaren Vale produced wine of excellent quality and while total tonnages were down for the season, compared to a wet and fertile 2017, the reports from winemakers on wine quality has been almost universally positive.
Small amounts of Touriga, Graciano and Shiraz were open fermented separately. Some of the batches spent time in older oak, some did not. The 3 varieties were blended prior to bottling. Touriga Nacional from Portugal, Graciano from Spain and Shiraz from McLaren Vale!
Grapes were all picked rip, but not overripe – we want to make a medium bodied style of wine with a savoury edge, and not a Vale blockbuster.
Vineyards: Denton’s and Bradens and Edgehill
Bottling Date: 18th May 2021