Overview of the Wine
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.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This wine shows the ability of the Heathcote region to consistently produce Shiraz with great intensity of flavour as well as exceptional balance. The nose shows dark plum and spice aromas, with hints of charcuterie and some more earthy notes. On the palate the wine opens with plum and cherry fruit as the main drivers, followed by smoked meats, wild herbs, earth and dark cocoa. The fine tannins build on the palate and combine with powerful fruit, to provide great length and structure for ageing.
95 Points - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
Totally delicious, as much light to medium-bodied as medium-bodied, its length and aftertaste wholly impressive.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Showing a subdued nose of crushed flowers and dried cherries, this tour-de-force is laden with black plums and leather on the palate. Tangy acidity nicely compliments the grippy tannins to lift the palate and carry it to a minerally finish. It shows savory, tobacco-driven qualities that give it an excellent affinity to hearty foods. Drink now–2023.
Product size: 750ml