Heartland Shiraz is an elegant and pure expression of one of Australia’s most iconic varieties. The Langhorne creek climate and the sandy loam soils make for a Shiraz that is savory, rich and yet balanced and restrained.
The vineyards are notably affected by the The “Lake Doctor” phenomenon, a cool ocean breeze that comes across the nearby and substantial Lake Alexandrina every afternoon and moderates temperatures, bringing them down 30-40 degrees. The overall heat that vineyards see, as a result, in some years is more equivalent to a cool climate region like Alsace, yet the fruit still achieves fantastic, intense ripeness.
The Shiraz was de-stemmed, crushed and pumped over twice a day for ten days. The wine matured for 14 months in oak prior to bottling. Grapes normally reserved for the Directors’ Cut Shiraz have been used in this vintage of Heartland Shiraz. We hope you will agree this is the best Heartland Shiraz yet.
2014 followed the classic road of a late vintage accompanying a late Easter. Deep soil moisture from a traditional winter flood bolstered us against the warm summer days, as did the cooling Langhorne Creek winds. The region was spared the late February rains that harried other regions in South Australia.
The deep ruby color foreshadows aromas of black currants and raspberry compote. These notes are echoed on the palate and complimented by dark chocolate and a dusting of nutmeg. The intensity of the fruit sits in perfect balance with the texture of the wine.
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Jeb Dunnuck - “The 2014 Shiraz comes from Langhorne Creek and was brought up all in French and American oak. It’s a spicy, peppery, complex and medium-bodied effort that has plenty of fruit, as well as integrated acidity and a clean finish. It’s a high-quality fruit bomb to enjoy over the coming couple of years.”
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Just as the spice traders of old, we risk all in search of exotic flavors. We join you in the hunt for those elusive spices that fascinate our palates and capture our imaginations. Wine should be an adventure. Start your adventure now with this smooth easy drinking Shiraz Cabernet blend.
Langhorne Creek is one of Australia's most ideal climates for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and has the oldest recorded Cabernet vines in the world. It is, more specifically, cool enough to producer Cabernet wines with structure and characteristic savory notes.
Heartland's flagship wine is made from the finest selection of Shiraz from each vintage. Directors' Cut is the most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek - the wine first bottled by demand for the board meetings of the Directors of the Heartland wine company.
Directors’ Cut is Heartland’s most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek. The weight of fruit in this wine showcases how much Langhorne Creek Ben can fit into one bottle. An almost impenetrable core of fruit is seasoned with dark spice like licorice, nutmeg and anise.
The best grapes from the finest vineyards in Langhorne Creek are recruited to create Heartland One. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz, a long and relatively cool ripening season allowed for full development of the fruit flavors. The wines retain their natural acidity while conveying the full range of fruit flavors and deep colors.