Shiraz Viognier Heathcote Victoria
Several generations later, the progeny of estate patriarch Pietro d'Orsa have returned to the land with a consuming passion to create generously flavoured, impeccably balanced Heathcote wines. Sanguine employ traditional winemaking practices, Shiraz and a small component of Viognier, are hand picked and co-vinified, to achieve a marvelous expression of Heathcote, solid, seamless and exquisitely fragrant. The palate is richly laden with dark juicy fruit characters which roll through to the end, the mouthfeel is textural, the solid weight of fruit is supported by a firm length of balanced tannins.
Sanguine's vineyard is trained to vertical shoot positioning trellis system, thereby opening up the canopy, reducing the risk of disease and exposing the bunches to direct sunlight for ripening. The vines are cane pruned to a single fruiting wire with a maximum of twenty buds per vine. To conserve the natural balance within the soils and overall health of vines, Sanguine have managed the vineyard organically by utilizing organic fertilizers and mulching to control weed growth. Grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed and naturally vinified through the action of wild indigenous yeasts in small open fermenters. The wine is then transferred by gravity into predominantly French oak barriques for a year's maturation.