SHIRAZ 2009

THE SLEDGE

BACKGROUND

All Heydon Estate wines are the product of single vineyards with fruit grown on our old Wilyabrup property in the heart of the Margaret River appellation.
This wine is 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier, from our old vines.
The 2009 vintage started slowly, but the rainfall in spring was just the tonic the vines needed. A long sunny and warm (but not excessively hot) ripening period in autumn, with cool nights, created very flavoursome wines with ripe tannins and good acid.
An exceptional vintage.

VIGNERON GEORGE HEYDON’S COMMENTS

An intense dark red colour with purple edges.
A very youthful, aromatic, yet complex nose. Dark plum and bright cherry is obvious, with smokey bacon, rich chocolate, licorice allsorts and caramel. Further layers of ethereal perfume, fine spicy pepper and herbal notes.
On the palate, the lovely juicy fruit is supported by fine dry tannins adding structural complexity. A long palate.
Lovers of young wine will gain greatest pleasure in the next 2 to 3 years. Medium term cellaring will further reward.

VINIFICATION

The fruit was hand and machine harvested on 12th April 2009.
The Viognier skins were co fermented in a closed vessel with the Shiraz, and gently pumped over. Partial barrel ferment.
Maturation for 15 months was in predominantly French and part American oak barrels, 20% new 80% second use.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc/Vol:              14.5 %
Acidity:              6.86 g/l
pH:                    3.43