Directors’ Cut is Heartland’s most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek. The 2012 vintage enabled us to release our first ever vintage of Directors’ Cut Cabernet Sauvignon. We are now on our 5th vintage of this wine and it just keeps getting better.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Langhorne Creek
Soil: Sandy loam
The 2016 vintage of Directors’ Cut Cabernet Sauvignon gives a very clear understanding of the power and finesse of Langhorne Creek. Here the fruit of old vines are showcased by Ben Glaetzer’s refined winemaking and matured in the finest oak to bring the intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon to the forefront. Look for delicate floral and herbal notes to act as a counterpoint to the raw majesty of the fruit.
Only the finest Cabernet vineyards in Langhorne Creek contribute to Directors’ Cut. The old vine fruit is the cornerstone of this wine’s character. The fruit was harvested at night to retain freshness. Initial skin contact was followed by 7 days of cool fermentation with our Rhône isolate yeast and hand-plunging three times daily. Maturation then occurred in 75% new oak hogsheads for approximately 14 months.
Ben reckons this might be the finest vintage he has ever seen from Langhorne Creek. Only time will tell. Harvest was more generous than the previous few years, with above average quantity and quality. Total degree days were up from the last three years, with wonderful ripeness levels recorded leading to amazing fruit intensity. This may supersede the 2012 vintage for overall quality and has led to a very happy winemaker.
Maturation vessel: 100% oak
Oak type: 100% French hogsheads
Age of barrels: New
Time in barrel: 14 months
Age of vines: 70 yrs+
Yield: 4-5 tonnes/ha
Suitable for vegans: Yes
Cellaring potential: 12 years+