Tellurian Rose 2019
Tellurian Rosé 2019 combines grenache and shiraz for soft texture and light red fruit flavour, with mouvèrdre and nero d’avola for dry, fresh acidy and savoury influence.
Tellurian was born of our founder Ian Hopkins passion for Heathcote shiraz. Offered the opportunity to partner in establishing a new vineyard on the Mount Camel range in 2002, Ian’s caution was overcome by the idea of crafting something fine and beautiful from Heathcote’s 550 million-year-old Cambrian soils.
Bringing together our team, winemaker Tobias Ansted, viticulturist Tim Brown and co-principal Daniel Hopkins, Ian’s never-say-die attitude saw the first vintage of Tellurian shiraz bottled in 2008. Within four years we had completed building of an Australian shed-style winery and cellar door overlooking 32 ha of vineyards.
Shiraz was our first planting, but over time we have added Rhone varieties, grenache, mouverdre, carignan, grenache gris, marsanne, roussane and viognier and Italian wines; nero d’avola and fiano which are perfectly suited to our continental climate.
The inspiration for the move to organics was sparked by a trip to northern Rhone in 2014, when Ian and viticulturist Tim Brown toured the region to research close planting and saw that a few of the best high-density growers in St Joseph and Hermitage were also applying organic principals. This confirmed the notion that high density planting combined with organic farming had the potential to create a very special expression of the Heathcote terroir. Within a year the application for organic certification was also submitted and the transition to organics commenced.
In addition to cutting out all use of all synthetic fungicides and herbicides, one of the key changes in viticulture was the use of an under vine cultivator for weed management. Cutting through the roots of weeds with minimal disturbance of organic matter allowed weeds to decompose into the soil enriching microbiome activity and promoting healthier soils. It also allows better moisture penetration into the subsoil. The first vintage to be labelled with organic certification was the wines made in the 2019 vintage.
Australia, Heathcote, Victoria
$20 – $50
Grenache, Mataro, Nero d'Avola, Rose