2011 was the first year I bought a new 2800L French Foudre, which I named Eileen “Jill” Foster after my beloved grandmother after she passed away in the December before vintage 2011. I waited until I thought the wine was ready and have now released it in March 2017.
Jill died at 74 years of age so I only bottled 740 bottles, which were bottled in January 2012, only 10 months after going to oak.
The wine is a single vineyard from Greenstone (4545 vine/hect), only the Shiraz clone PT10 was used with 50% whole bunches used during ferment and only free run was aged in foudre.
The grapes for this wine were picked on the 23rd April 2011, as the vintage was very cool it took 6 week longer to ripen the grapes then in a normal vintage of Heathcote.
The resulting wine is intensely fresh. Dark and deep brick red, a riot of perfume and spice of ripe wild raspberries, cherries, gun smoke, turned earth, minerals and spice, intense with meaty salami and black olive tapenade notes.
Super fresh palate that’s driven by intense sweet fruit again of black cherries and wild raspberries with black olives, lavender and dried herbs, a long savory mid palate of smoked meat/salami, finesse with balanced structure, finishing with fine grain tannins and refreshing natural acidity.