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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015
Vino Fino

From The Tastings Heartland

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Heartland Wines with Nick Keukenmeester

What an entertaining tasting! Great wines and one of the best presenters we've had in a while - don't mention the snakes! 
Although we have stocked Heartland wines for a few years, we have never had an in-depth look at them before. Tonight was the perfect opportunity with the visit from Nick Keukenmeester - Part-owner, Marketing and much more.. Heartland is a collaboration headed by Ben Glaetzer who is one of the most highly regarded South Australia's wine-makers and focuses totally on the Langhorne Creek region. Home to the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world, it is a region that has mainly been a source of blending fruit for multi-regional wines - The original Wolf Blass Black label was made by Ben's uncle John Glaetzer using Langhorne Creek fruit. Uncle John is now 'grower liaison' for Heartland which Nick says means he has a beer and a chat with the locals at the pub.
Focusing on just two varieties (Shiraz and Cabernet) these are wines of balance, approachability and drinkability - a winning combination. ​
Expect to hear a lot more about these wines.

Heartland Wines with Nick Keukenmeester

What an entertaining tasting! Great wines and one of the best presenters we've had in a while - don't mention the snakes! 
Although we have stocked Heartland wines for a few years, we have never had an in-depth look at them before. Tonight was the perfect opportunity with the visit from Nick Keukenmeester - Part-owner, Marketing and much more.. Heartland is a collaboration headed by Ben Glaetzer who is one of the most highly regarded South Australia's wine-makers and focuses totally on the Langhorne Creek region. Home to the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world, it is a region that has mainly been a source of blending fruit for multi-regional wines - The original Wolf Blass Black label was made by Ben's uncle John Glaetzer using Langhorne Creek fruit. Uncle John is now 'grower liaison' for Heartland which Nick says means he has a beer and a chat with the locals at the pub.
Focusing on just two varieties (Shiraz and Cabernet) these are wines of balance, approachability and drinkability - a winning combination. ​
Expect to hear a lot more about these wines.

Vino Fino

Stickleback Red 2012    
Made solely for some export markets, this is a blend of Shiraz 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 54% & Dolcetto 9% matured in oak and from vines up to 18 years old. Each year the blend varies slightly. Very approachable with the Dolcetto adding a nice floral freshness.
Retail $19.99    Special $16.99

Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet 2013    

Almost equal Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ben Glatezer is a champion of the great Aussie blend, and this wine won the Trophy at last years Great Red Challenge for Best Shiraz blend. We can see why. It is very good. Loads of dark berry fruit and then hints of exotic spices (hence the name) plenty of mouthfilling lusciousness and nicely dry on the finish. ​
Retail $24.99    Special $19.99

Heartland Cabernet 2012    

Home to the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, Langhorne Creek is a perfect site for the variety. Dark and brooding. Ripe blackcurrant, olive, liquorice, a bit of mint and some cedar/oak flavours (80% French and 20% American oak). Medium to full bodied, this has an 'enjoy now' accessibility, but could be cellared for a while.

Retail $28.99    Special  $24.99

Heartland Shiraz 2012    

This is a mellow and rich Shiraz. Aged in 300 litre 2 and 3rd use French oak hogsheads, allowing the fruit to give precedence. This is the kind of wine that gives plenty of immediate pleasure. There is a sense of restrained balance with the blueberry choco-mint  flavours grounded by a savouriness and fullness on the palate. There's a lot to like about this wine. 
Retail $28.99    Special  $24.99

Directors Cut Cabernet 2012
 
A new addition to the Heartland range and probably the wine to impress the most at the tasting. In the difficult 2011 vintage, Heartland, unlike some other companies, honoured their contracts with the local growers. As Nick said, this was a costly exercise for them, but at least it meant they could still have a beer at the local pub and the growers could continue in business. Ultimately though the reward came back to them many fold. In the excellent 2012 they were offered fruit from previously unavailable vineyards. This is from older vine fruit and is big and luscious. Black fruit compote, dense, with fine grainy tannins and mouth coating. Impressive.

Stock due early June; orders taken    Retail $45.99    Special  $39.99

Directors Cut Shiraz 2004

And on to the Shiraz, starting with two from the cellars. The 2004 showed as warm and earthy, with plenty of development (there was quite an amount of sediment in the bottle). Probably just past its peak but still drinking very well.
From the cellar        n/a


Directors Cut Shiraz 2007  
This 2007 was the weaker of the two older wines showing aged 'muddy' flavours. As Nick says, it really shows how much the wines have progressed in recent vintages. ​
From the cellar        n/a


Directors Cut Shiraz 2012    
This 2012 was a massive step up. The name Directors Cut is a reference to films where the Directors Cut is the definitive version and not to the Directors getting 'cut' as they tried the wines. No compromise. From some of the best vineyards in the region, this in the same vein as the Heartland Shiraz, but with even more going on. Bigger and richer needing more time to evolve.

Retail $45.99    Special  $39.99

Heartland One 2012
 
This is the first ever release of this top wine. This 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Shiraz is the result of the combination of an outstanding vintage and access to the oldest vines in Langhorne Creek. Dense and powerful - the word 'massive' could be ascribed to it and yet it also has the elegance that seems to be a hallmark of the Hearltand style.

Stock due early June
approx. $70.00 orders taken        ​