De Bortoli Wines is paying homage to the depth and beauty of the Heathcote region with the release of its latest wine, Ancient Soils.
Honouring the rich history of winemaking in the region and its ancient soils, the wine is crafted from Iberian grape varieties Tempranillo and Touriga, which are known for their ability to thrive in heat, grown at the Heathcote Ridge and Rathjen vineyards.
The region is well known for its red Cambrian soil, a result of the gradual decomposition of Cambrian volcanic basalt more than five centuries ago. Due to its history and complexity, the rust-coloured soil imparts unique characteristics to the grapes grown here.
Ancient Soils is a product of the 2022 season, which was a slightly cooler growing season and produced grapes with “perfume and concentration.”
The wine, which is deep red in hue with a purple vibrance, is described as having “supple, plum-infused textures and integrated tannins harmonized with notes of dark fruits, spice and violets.”
De Bortoli Wines describes Ancient Soils as “an adventure where you become an integral part of an age-old narrative. […] With each sip, forge a connection with the land’s rich heritage, the art of winemaking, and the quintessence of the Heathcote region.”