SHIRAZ 2012

THE SLEDGE

BACKGROUND

All Heydon Estate wines are the product of single vineyards with fruit estate grown on our old Wilyabrup property in the heart of the Margaret River appellation.

This wine is 96% Shiraz and 4% Viognier from our old block of Shiraz and Viognier.

The 2012 vintage was terrific for reds with warm days and cool nights. Such is the quality and balance of our old blocks, full complex flavour development occurs whilst retaining the fruit intensity, classical long acidity and elegance that our wines are renowned for.

VIGNERON GEORGE HEYDON’S COMMENTS

The wine displays intense and bright purple hues, inviting to the eye.

A rich bouquet of plums, mulberries and rhubarb, is complimented by sophisticated characters of spices, cumin and pepper.

On the palate, silky smooth tannins and drying vanillin oak wrap the luscious fruit, leading to a long and satisfying finish.

An exceptional example of Margaret River shiraz, just entering the drinking window.

VINIFICATION

The fruit was handpicked on 7th April 2012.

Fruit was fermented in an open fermenter with some extended skins contact and gentle pumping over.

Maturation for 18 months in French and American oak barrels, 30% new and 70% second use.

WINE ANALYSIS

Alc/Vol: 14 %
Acidity: 7.5 g/l
pH: 3.2