Heathcote II is the product of two individuals, Peder Rosdal and Lionel Flutto and is all about producing premium red wines of the highest quality.
Heathcote II is hands on grape growing and winemaking. With only seasonal staff at harvest, Peder and Lionel run the whole process from hand- pruning the vines to pressing the wine.
The wines are made purely from grapes grown by us on our property in Toolleen, 28 kms North of Heathcote. The yield is naturally very low, rarely exceeding 1.5 tons to the acre.
Peder is the French trained winemaker and responsible for making the wine. He uses traditional yet modern winemaking techniques taken from his experiences in Europe and the US. In order to maximize deep colour and flavour extraction, the fermenting juice is hand-plunged twice a day. This very effective technique was initially developed in Burgundy many years ago and is still considered the most gentle way to extract the essence of the grapes. All the wines are dry and aged in the highest quality French oak barriques for eighteen to twenty four months.
Lionel is more involved in the viticulture where the focus is on achieving balanced vines able to cope with summer stress. With no irrigation, each vine is individually hand pruned and managed to an optimum cropping level where stress is managed for flavour balance and concentration.