Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
Heartland are a seminal estate, owned and operated by a small but dedicated group of leading South Australian industry identities, all are great friends and have long shared a passion for making great wine. Director's Cut is the estate flagship, all of Heartland's stakeholders make a contribution to the final compilation of fruit. Representing the finest of vintage, Directors Cut is a Shiraz of exquisite balance and remarkable poise, exactingly crafted by Ben Glaetzer, one of the nation's most illustrious and accomplished winemakers.
From vines up to thirty years of age, grown to sandy loam soils, planted to splendid sites at Langhorne Creek, including the eminent Teangi and Pasquin vineyards. Fruit is harvested at night and crushed into small open top fermenters. After a day's skin contact, the musts are inoculated to a Rhône isolate yeast, chosen for its ability to ferment efficiently at cooler temperatures. Following several days of vinification on skins, hand plunged thrice daily, batches are transferred to a selection of completely new French and American oak hogsheads for malolactic. Director's Cut is topped up and treated to a weekly battonage over six months. Barrels are racked and refilled for a further eight months maturation. Alcohol 14.8%
Deep ruby colour with splashes of violet hues. The nose displays beautifully articulated dark fruits, cherries and cassis with hints of spice box and anise. Seductively rich on the palate, flavours of dark chocolate and plums integrate with supple, focused tannin and and impressive length. Uncannily European in style, a palate of old world savouryness and wonderful, textural mouthfeel.