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2013 Heartland Dolcetto Lagrein

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Now here is and intriguing red, an unusual one that partners two varieties rarely seen in Australia together. The net result is dry but juicy, tannic but also bright, built in a style that is really quite impressive in it's marrying of flavours. Intrigue.

expert reviews

Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A blend of regions and roughly 50/50 between the two varieties, this says more about the winemaker than anything else. The oak's knocked in roughly and the fruit's up to the task - plenty of rich plum and cassis fruit, and tannins are rustic and chewy. Good barbecue red.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Spicy and meaty, with rather funky aromas of dark plums, blackberries, cedar/mocha oak over an unexpected smoky background. It's long and firm, with juicy flavours of sour-edged plum and dark berries, sweet but restrained oak and a distinctive combination of mint and menthol supported by fine, chalky tannin. It finishes quite savoury, but also with a raw, smoky ashtray-like impression and a lingering bitterness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
83
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A smorgasbord of juicy red fruit aromas and flavours, before a twitch of light tannin on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Possibly the only such blend in the world, and certainly in Australia; flows evenly across the palate with a mix of red and black fruits and a jab of fresh acidity on the finish; Dolcetto (60%)/Lagrein (40%).
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Powdery and drying, with a modest depth of earthy, spicy flavours of dark and briary cherries and plums, this leaner medium-weight blend finishes savoury, with suggestions of currants and dried herbs. It lacks great depth, impact and length.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
84
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Red-purple; a medium-bodied palate with red, black and sour cherry flavours plus a dusting of spice and a sprinkle of French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Rich, lusciously sweet and ripe red cherry and a wrapping of chocolate — cherry ripe indeed. Soft tannins and minimal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

winemaker's notes

Heartland creates food-friendly wines from our vineyards in the cool climate growing region of Langhorne Creek. Heartland Dolcetto & Lagrein is a blend of two northern Italian varieties that are ideally suited to the Langhorne Creek climate.

The ripe tannin structure and bright acidity of Lagrein balance out the voluptuous and fruit driven Dolcetto. Deep, glass-coating ruby in colour. Aromas of blackberry, liquorice and nutmeg combine with a smoothly textured palate of dark fruit, a bouquet garni of herbs and spices and a long savoury finish. This is a dry red that is perfect for enjoying with Italian cuisine. Try it with rich game dishes, brasato al vino, or just a simple pizza.

Cellaring: 6-8 years

Alcohol: 14.5%

Variety: Dolcetto 51%, Lagrein 49%

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