Heartland Wines


This is the very first release of Illicium. Available through our cellar door at Langhorne Creek or online only. The name comes from Illicium Verum, the Latin name for Star Anise. Star Anise is our most frequently discovered spice note and the design on our capsule. The other meaning of Illicium is ‘Enticing’ and we aim to make this wine to fit its name.

Case (6 pack)

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Vintage: 2014

Variety: Shiraz [50%] and Cabernet Sauvignon [50%]

Region: Langhorne Creek

Soil: Langhorne Creek: Sandy loam

Tasting Notes:
This is a bright glass of juicy and delicious red. The powerful, youthful and persistent fruit is layered with multifaceted spice and an accompaniment of floral aromas. The pure fruit satisfies the palate and is well harnessed within a structure of mellow oak. The long finish predicts a wine that will entice for a number of years.

The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are fermented separately from two distinct parcels chosen for their greater vineyard character. Twelve months in barrel offers a better balanced structure.

2014 Vintage:
2014 followed the classic road of a late vintage accompanying a late Easter. Deep soil moisture from a traditional Winter flood bolstered us against the warm summer days, as did the cooling Langhorne Creek winds. We were spared the late February rains that harried other regions in South Australia. 2014 in Langhorne Creek is heralded as offering the best Cabernet Sauvignon in over a decade.

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

Maturation Vessel: French and American oak hogsheads in combination

Age of vines: 20 years

Age of barrels: 1-3 years

Time in barrel: 12 months

Optimum drinking: 2016-2020

Suitable for vegans: Yes