Heaps Good Wine Co / Slovenia

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Founded in 2010, Heaps Good Wine Company is a small family owned winery situated in Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range in Stajerska Slovenija. Expat kiwi Nick Gee draws on years of experience working all over the world in order to craft his unique wines. Working with both international and local varieties, the key is to produce wines that express the individuality of their vineyard sites, therefore winemaking is hands off with minimal intervention, only small amounts of sulfur being added to the wines, nothing else. The cool climate of Stajerska allows Nick to make wines of balance, purity, restraint and elegance.

 

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co White 2019

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Muscat Ottonel and Wurzer, grown in the Pohorje Foothills, Lower Stryia.  Vines are at 300 – 400m altitude with the climate continental.  Varieties are hand picked and processed separately, fermented spontaneously in seasoned French oak, and aged on gross lees in barrels for 12 months.  11.5% alcohol.

     

    Golden in colour, mixing rich fruit with reductive notes of flint and struck match.  It’s an attractive fruit spectrum of pineapple, oranges, citrus zest and apricots, progressing to stone fruits, with a mineral water-esque backbone.  Starts texturally light and builds weight to the finish.

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Red Non Vintage

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    A wild blend: Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Wurzer, Syrah, Yellow Muscat, all from the Pohorje Foothills, Lower Styria.  Zweigelt and Yellow Muscat are co-fermented, with all other varieties made separately.  Wurzer fermented on skins.  Wines are aged 12 months in older French oak and then in concrete.  Many vintages blended together.

    Flavour-wise – wow.  Light on its feet but with plenty of flavour richness.  Ruby in colour, spicy red fruits, white pepper, a touch of oak, plums and cassis.  Velvety tannins and a tart finish (perhaps the white grapes coming through).  Tasty and a heck of a lot going on here.

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Skin Contact 2019

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    Furmint and Pinot Gris, grown in Malečnik, Maribor, Lower Styria.  300m altitude over sand, clay and marl, with the climate giving hot dry summers and snowy winters.  Varieties are hand picked and processed separately, fully destemmed, fermented wild and pressed off skins after the completion of alcoholic fermentation.  Raised in older French barrels for 12 months, 10.6% alcohol.

    Proper orange in colour, orange peel, crunchy orange fruit, and flavours/mineral reminiscent of Berocca.  Nice acid structure, mouth watering, mild tannin presence, pepper, finishes long and clean.

    “Big time orange wine with amber colour and loads of texture. It’s a pretty and zippy orange wine to sniff on and taste, a little gris glycerol in the chomp of light tannin, some lifted floral characters and a cavalcade of burnt orange and bergamot tea characters. A fresh, brighter expression of orange wine with high drinkability and lots of relatable charm. Really well done.” 92 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront.

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Pinot Noir 2019

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    100% Pinot Noir, grown in Ritoznoj, Pohorje Foothills, Lower Styria.  Vines are at 360 metres over marl rich soils with sand and clay.  Climate is continental with hot and dry summers and snowy winters.  Hand picked, 10 – 20% whole bunch, 3 – 8 days of cold maceration depending on temperature of grapes when picked, and fermented wild.  Plunged daily, sometimes twice during peak period, with 17 – 23 days on skins in total.  Aged 12 months in older French oak, unfiltered.  11.5% alcohol.

     

    Brick/light colour.  Reductive and earthy, reminiscent in some ways of Gippsland and Martinborough.  Structurally light, textured, cherry and plum fruits, with the tannins and finishing flavours evoking black tea.

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Offshoot Zweigelt Pet Nat 2019

    $ 45.00 incl. GST

    Vines sit at 340 metres, also from Ritoznoj, Pohorje Foothills, Lower Styria.  Destemmed and pressed, settled for 48 hours, wild fermented and bottled just prior to the end of fermentation.  Disgorged after 3 months in bottle, and contains sediment.

    “Light and lean, grippy and chalky with tight, bristling bubbles. Dark cherry, cola, green dill herb and some saline-minerally characters. Rips along at pace, modest perfume, lighter weight feel in the palate, very bright, good refreshment factor. Drinks a charm.” 91 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Modri Pinot Noir 2016

    $ 62.00 incl. GST

    Vineyard is located in Ritoznoj, Pohorje Foothills, Lower Styria.  15% whole bunches, natural pre-fermentation cold maceration, wild fermented, 19 days on skins and racked to 500 litre French barrels 24 hours after pressing (10% new).  Malolactic fermentation allowed to spontaneously occur.  12.4% alcohol.

     

    Has a feel of a high quality new world Pinot – cherry fruits with a whiff of the whole bunch pepper.  Lovely fruit of the forest spectrum, super fine tannins, lightness meets length, super attractive overall and possesses an X-factor that Pinot at its best delivers.

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  • Heaps Good Wine Co Zweigelt/Modra Frankinja 2018

    $ 62.00 incl. GST

    Fully destemmed, cold macerated for 4-7 days, pressed to tank with 16-24 days on skins and racked to older French barrels, just under a year in oak.

    Medium purple in colour.  Rustic and smoky aromas blend with bright fruit to create a complex aromatic profile.  On the palate bright cassis flavours mix with black cherry.  Soft and velvety tannins with a lifting tart and clean finish.

    “Sour cherry, a little smoky paprika note, walnut/hazelnut savouriness and blood orange acidity. Sweet-sour kind of feel, good bright flavour profile, light fuzz to tannins and a sizzling, tart acidity finish keeping things perky. Bright, crunchy red territory here, done well.” 91 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront

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