Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
An assemblage of the choicest parcels, harvested off blocks of gingerly coddled vine, planted to sandy loam soils on the sheltered flat plains of Langhorne Creek, with a smaller component grown to grey marl soils of Limestone Coast. Heartland was created by a small group of leading wine identities. The directors include winemaking maestro Ben Glaetzer and eminent industry pundits Grant Tilbrook, Scott Collett, Geoff Hardy and Vicki Arnold. All Heartland wines are vinified from fruit grown to the directors very own mature vineyards.
The Heartland team are in an enviable position to identify the finest vineyards and to assemble the choicest harvests. Shiraz grapes are crushed, the musts are treated to several days of skin contact and inoculated through the action of a Rhône isolate yeast. Ferments are pumped over twice daily throughout the vinification at temperatures between 18C and 24C, enhancing the colour, contributing an intensity of flavour and developing ripe tannins. Extended maceration achieves savoury, long chain tannins which contribute to a soft, approachable palate. The finished wine is matured fourteen months in a selection of new to four years old French and American oak hogsheads.
Vibrant purple hues, deep ruby core. Nose has masses of black fruits, red currant and spice in support of hints of espresso and dried spice notes. On the palate, the wine is soft yet maintains expressions of cassis, anise and earth. Savoury and rich, balanced and restrained, a generously proportioned Shiraz endowed with good fruit and supported by the smoothest tannins.