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2013 Heartland Shiraz Langhorne Creek Shiraz

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The Heartland brand comes from a passionate bunch of wine industry individuals with a shared mission to bring the people excellent wines from the Limestone Coast and Langhorne Creek. This is a pure and generous expression of Shiraz with masses of black fruit and spice before unveiling a palate rich in cassis, a touch of licorice and earth. It’s rich, round and balanced and the appropriate thing to pair with your next Sunday roast or barbecue.

Winemaker's Notes

We produce wines that remain true to the recognized Australian style, while ensuring a balanced structure and appealing texture. Heartland Shiraz is a pure expression of Australia’s most iconic variety.

The intense colour preempts a wine of dense, layered black fruit. The aromas of anise and cracked pepper are enveloped in classic blackberry. An echo of mint is brought to the palate by the addition of a small amount of Limestone Coast fruit. The glass coating texture belies a wine of restraint and balance. The fruit weight is a perfect counterpoint to the structure imparted by oak and skin contact.

Alcohol: 14.8%

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2013 Heartland Shiraz Langhorne Creek Shiraz

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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Langhorne Creek Shiraz, always made in hearty style. This release is particularly hearty. It’s definitely and defiantly full-bodied. Chocolatey, clovey, toasty oak sits slightly separate from the fruit, but still manages to aid the cause – and then some. Tar, saltbush and blackberries. Loaded up. Mouth-filling. Dense to look at and to taste. Slippery-smooth. I’m pretty sure you’ve got the idea. Lovers of a Big Red, ready for drinking now, should be right onto this.
2017 - 2021+
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; the inherent softness of Langhorne Creek shiraz and a copious infusion of vanillin oak seem appropriate given the wine was made by Ben Glaetzer, John Glaetzer's brother (of Wolf Blass fame).
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Rich, approachable and flavoursome - if perhaps a little spirity - this soft and generous shiraz has a lightly spicy and floral bouquet of red berries,plums and cedar/vanilla oak backed by a hint of cherry kernal and blackberry liqueur.Smooth and polished, with a slightly warm and fiery presence of fruit,it's knit with plaint tannins and restrained oak but finishes without genuine definition.
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A generous and glossy blend of Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast, packed with regional mint, rich black plum and berry compote fruit, red liquorice and fine, textural tannins. Impressive fruit impact for $18 at Dan’s. www.heartlandwines.com.au
Wine Taste Edition 24: July 22, 2011
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Packed with almost a medicinal level of menthol and mint, its bright blackberry and cassis aromas precede a forward and juicy palate that smooths out towards a lingering minty finish.
The Australian Wine Annual
82
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Made by the highly regarded Ben Glaetzer and matured in French oak hogsheads (larger oak barrels than usual). It's been a highly successful brand since its launch a handful of years ago - and deservedly so. Has a robust honesty about it. No tricks, just dark, rich, warm fruit flavour. Tastes of peppermint, sweet fruit (plums, cherries and raspberries), pipe tobacco, a touch of pepper and a whiff of vanilla. It feels slightly desiccated - if you try hard you'll find flavours of salted beef here _ but it still manages to fully satisfy. Excellent winter drinking. Will impress all comers.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Smooth, creamy and approachable, this earthy, meaty shiraz marries a minty presence of sweet, juicy but slightly baked dark plum and currant-like fruit with cedar/chocolate oak and rather polished, pliant tannin, finishing with suggestions of mint and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
87
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
If you haven't cottoned on to the Heartland range yet it's time to familiarise yourself with it. They're hearty reds, stylishly packaged, and invariably sharp value. 2006 RELEASE Winemaker Ben Glaetzer crams a whole lot of rich, fruity grunt in this range; exactly why it's moved so quickly up the popularity charts. This release shows its alcohol but is otherwise warm and cakey, full of blackberried flavour and moderate in its toasty oak influence. It's a red for the middle of winter, made in the monumental style. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86

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