Heggies could be called viticultural "struggle country". The winters are cold and wet, summers mild but very dry and the soils are thin and gravelly on well drained slopes. This provides low yields, yet consistently produces grapes of outstanding flavour intensity.
Heggies vineyard is the sort of place a man would sit on his horse in silence at sunset and marvel at the ways of nature. Through the combination of innovative viticultural practices and unique ‘terroir’, this challenging and picturesque estate vineyard produces distinctive, balanced wines – beautifully structured and long on flavour.
Nestled in the high country of the Eden Valley, Heggies Vineyard is situated at an altitude of 550m above sea level where the soil is a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock. With only 787mm of average annual rainfall, the vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient, producing wines of full flavour, fineness and balance
The close-planted vines are grown in a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock. The vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient in this ‘lean’ soil, encouraging roots to dig deep where it is moist and cool throughout all seasons. The high altitude and year-round cooler climate of our Eden Valley vineyard also allows the leaf canopy on our vines to grow thicker and provide more shade for the fruit for longer. The grapes are then able to ripen slowly and develop the sublime flavours Heggies Vineyard wines are renowned for. Equal attention is given to the areas surrounding the vines and the actual vineyard itself. Replanting native vegetation to create conservation areas adjacent the vines has created a sanctuary for birds, insects, kangaroos and other wildlife, and ensures the sustainability of the natural environment.
Vinification: Fermented & matured for 11 Months in new French oak barriques (35%), one year old French oak barriques (28%), balance in older French oak barriques.
Total acid: 6.2