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Futures Red Option

2012 Futures Red Heathcote Shiraz (Redeemable in 2017)

$150.00 per option
Alc: 13.5 %
pH: 3.31
TA: 7.6g/L

How to Order
To join the Tyrrell’s Futures Wine program, simply complete the Future’s application form online or by download an order form and send it to Tyrrell’s Wines, together with an amount to cover the value of the Option you wish to take.

To download an order form, please click here

Winemaking Notes
The wine is a blend of two separate ferments, selected as the standout parcels from our Heathcote vineyard in 2012. The fruit was transported from our vineyard in Heathcote directly to our Hunter Valley winery where it underwent fermentation in stainless steel potter tanks for roughly 10 days. Following fermentation, both wines were matured in French oak barriques (30% new) for 12 months before blending, followed by a further 6 months back in oak. 

Style
A medium bodied interpretation of Heathcote Shiraz, with a bright appearance and vivid, purple hue. The nose shows lifted dark berries, some white pepper and a subtle lift from the French oak. The palate is impeccably balanced with a fresh, luscious fruit profile, finely integrated oak and soft tannin structure. There is a bright, fresh acidity that gives the wine fantastic length, and will aid in its' development in the bottle.

The Vineyard
Tyrrell's first planted vines in Heathcote in 1994, with the vineayrd fully planted out in 1997 - the year we released our first wine from the region. The vineyard sits in the deep ancient Cambrian soils that the region is renowned for, which are unique in their ability to produce extraordinary wines of unimaginable depth of colour. It is located high enough with the eastern slope of the Mt Camel range to be out of the frost zone and has good protection from the hot sun in the late afternoon. The consistent and mainly fine weather during the growing season makes this vineyard a growers dream, always producing fruit of a very high quality.

The 2012 Vintage
The 2012 vintage in Heathcote was a great bounce back after a tough season in 2011. A long, cool gorwing season enabled fruit to ripen evenly and develop great spicy aromas with excellent palate weight. We did have a bit of rain later in the vintage but it was at just the right time to give the vines some much needed water. We also got slightly clarger than normal berry sizes, which produced wines of a softer tannin profile than normal.