Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2018 (Langhorne Creek)
The Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2016 is dark purple colour, a clear indication of the intensity that awaits in your glass. The nose is inundated with berry compote and a decorative topping of fresh berries. These are accented by whispers of spice. The palate offers juicy plums and chocolate dipped dried fruits. There are hints of oregano and thyme to be sort out. The finish is long and the freshness unmistakable.
The grapes are selected from some of the best Shiraz vineyards in the region. These vineyards are chosen for the consistent intensity and texture of the fruit. The strictest pruning techniques are used. The fruit for Directors’ Cut Shiraz was harvested at night and then crushed to small open top stainless-steel fermenters. After 24 hours of skin contact fermentation was commenced with our Rhône isolate yeast. Following 10 days of cool fermentation on skins and pumped over 3 times daily, the wine was transferred to French and American oak hogsheads for 14 months maturation. In the 2018 vintage we have limited ourselves to 40% new oak to ensure the fruit remained the focus.
The Heartland story began in the late 1990’s when iconic winemaker Ben Glaetzer became excited about the outstanding quality of fruit being grown in some of South Australia’s lesser-known regions, in particular Langhorne Creek. This cool climate region with its old vines has been a source for many of Australia’s most iconic red wines and Heartland sources all of its fruit exclusively from the region making only red wines. The 2018 Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz is the epitome of classic Langhorne creek winemaking.
Ben Glaetzer, together with industry veterans, Scott Collett, Grant Tilbrook and more recently Nick Keukenmeester, makes Heartland Wines at Barossa Vintners in Tanunda, South Australia some 100 kilometres from Langhorne Creek. Some people are surprised by this but to us this is not just natural; it is the best possible solution. At Barossa Vintners, with all the conceivable equipment and resources he needs to create the wines he wants, Ben is in his milieu so this is where Heartland wines are made.
Ben says; “A really important point I want to get across is we’re not a group of investors that have got together and poured cash into it for the sake of doing it. We are at the coalface of it.”
Heartland is about consistently achieving the best flavour possible in the vineyard, and converting this natural flavour into outstanding wines. Access to great fruit is the most vital element in making great wine. Langhorne Creek has given them this element.
The 2018 vintage had steady winter rainfall and multiple flood events gave us a good storage of moisture and healthy vines leading into the growing season. Higher than average summer temperatures have offered up robust fruit characters that Shiraz loves to present.