Recently, the De Bortoli family purchased an 80 Ha vineyard in Northern Heathcote to supply some of the fruit for our Villages and Woodfired brands. It is mainly planted to Shiraz and in the coming 12 months we will be adding Grenache, Mourvedre and Grenache Blanc to the varietal mix.
We continue to work with several other growers from the region to supply fruit for our various Heathcote wines. Many of the growers have very good clonal material of many varieties which is quite exciting for the future of winemaking in the region
Grenache, Mourvedre and several classic Italian and Portugese varieties all show terrific potential. Grenache in particular has us quite excited with its perfume and charm when blended with Shiraz and as a perfumed red wine by itself.