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Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz, Langhorne Creek Limestone Coast Award Winning

Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz, Langhorne Creek Limestone Coast 2014

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Australia

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Product details

  • Winemaker

    Ben Glaetzer
  • Variety

    Shiraz
  • This flagship wine made from the finest selection of Shiraz from each vintage is an opaque purple colour with dark purple hues. It shows superb aromas of a complex mix of violets, chocolate and cigar box lift.

    The palate is an explosion of flavour. Lashings of cassis, briary fruit flavours and spiced plum followed by back palate flavours of spice, liquorice and white pepper. Fine grained, soft tannins and perfect balance followed by a very long lingering finish with hints of blackberry and plum.

    Simply delicious!

  • Alcohol

    14.5%
  • When to drink

    Can be drunk now but will keep very well
  • Bottle

    75
  • Style

    Richly Textured & Full Bodied Red
    • Screwcap

Press ReviewPress

Rollicking 14.8% French and American oak aged Langhorne Creek star, bursting with bold, inky eucalyptus and cassis fruit.

Jane MacQuittyThe Saturday Times August 2016

When this first appeared a few years back it was astonishing stuff, reeking of lime zest and eucalyptus ripping through blackcurrant fruit of almost painful intensity. That was when most of the fruit came from a new vineyard called Wirrega, in the middle of nowhere except eucalyptus forest. Now, most of the fruit comes from Langhorne Creek, just south of McLaren Vale, and the character has changed. That blast of lime and eucalyptus has given way to something much softer, lusher, more soothing in character. That’s what Langhorne Creek is famous for – the ability to ripen grapes to a succulent concentration of richness without going troppo. This is a caressing mouthful of fudge and chocolate, vanilla and coconut cream all draped around a fine sweet core of ripe black plum and brazil nuttiness.

Oz Clarke 250 Best Wines

Gordon Getty, No 334 on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionares, owns two wineries in Napa: Each produces several thousand cases a year. In other words, Getty could drink his own wine every day of the year, or splurge on any bottle in the world. So what does the 75-year old son of oil baron J Paul Getty Sr prefer? Great wines that cost $25 to $30. One of his most recent favourites is Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz from Australia. Getty believes it’s in the same league as Henschke Hill of Grace or Penfolds Grange. The Directors’ Cut is a rich, dense, powerhouse of a wine with rushes of fruit and oak flavours.

“Wines a Billionaire Drinks”Forbes.com

Winemaking

Variety: Shiraz 100%. Region: Langhorne Creek 68%, Limestone Coast 32%. Soil: Langhorne Creek: Sandy Loam. Limestone Coast: Grey marl over deep limestone. The fruit for Directors' Cut required special attention to avoid overstress during the final stages of ripening. Adequate canopy cover was essential to minimise the effect of the heat and ensure fruit quality. The fruit for Directors' Cut Shiraz was harvested at night and then crushed into open top stainless steel fermenters. After 24 hours of skin contact the wine was inoculated with a Rhone isolate yeast. Following 7-8 days fermentation on skins and hand-plunging 3 times daily, the wine was transferred to oak (80% French, 20% American) for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then topped and left on lees for 6 months with "battonage" (lees stirring) once a week. The barrels were racked and refilled before a further 8 months maturation prior to bottling. Maturation vessel: 100% oak. Age of vines: 25-30 years (Langhorne Creek) 16-18 years (Limestone Coast). Vineyard yields: 3.6 tonnes/ha (1.5 tons/acre). Cellaring potential: 6-10 years.

  • Vintage

    2014
  • Producer

    Heartland Wines
  • Closure

    Screwcap
  • Residual Sugar

    0.8g/l
  • Titratable Acidity

    6.6g/l
  • Case Size

    6
  • SKU

    67886114

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