Shiraz Heathcote Bendigo Victoria
Parcels of Shiraz for this stunning wine are selected from a unique site at the heart of Heathcote appellation. Premium parcels are collated from Marong and from the estate vineyard at Harcourt. Winemaker Adam P. Marks firm belief is that good fruit should be treated gently and with minimal intervention. All blocks are trellised to vertical shoot positioning system, the growers employ a regimen of traditional viticultural techniques, organics and crop thinning to produce small but precious yields of less than 2½ tonnes per acre.
Bress subscribe to the belief that a single terroir cannot be all things to all styles of wine. Bress are blessed with access to harvests from several sites throughout Victoria which can be vinified and assembled into statuesque wines of strong varietal definition and clearly distinguishable Victorian regionality. Shiraz is treated to a combination of whole bunch and gentle crushing into open fermenters. A slow vinification is initiated through indigenous yeast strains, the ferments are treated to hand plunging thrice daily. After pressing, the wine is transferred to French oak hogsheads for completion of malolactic, following which Bress is racked and left to mature under oak for a year.
Intense, inky crimson. Complex array of fruit on the bouquet, black berries and spice, cloves and plum. Oak aromas of vanillian spice and char. Tightly packed palate full of black fruit flavours, the splendid oak is beautifully integrated, providing structure while adding power, balance and savoury richness. Exceptional length and exemplary balance, Bress is bottled without filtration and may deposit a harmless sediment.