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Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»
Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world, regularly sampled at international competitions against.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»

Heartland Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

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.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$239.00
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.
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