“In life one and one don't make two, One and one make One” - Bargain, Pete Townsend. 2012 marked the first vintage of an icon red. Heartland One is the first…and the last word.
Variety: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz
Region: Langhorne Creek
Soil: Sandy loam
The sheer intensity of this wine in its youth tends to obscure the multilayered collection of herbs and spices that track the unstoppable expansion of fruit on the palate. This densely purple wine of powerful dark fruit is complemented by velvety texture and a complex and lingering finish.
The best grapes from the finest vineyards in Langhorne Creek are recruited to create Heartland One. The fruit was harvested at night and then crushed to small open top stainless steel fermenters. After 24 hours of skin contact, fermentation was commenced with our Rhône isolate yeast. Following 8 days of cool fermentation on skins and hand-plunging three times daily, the wine was transferred to new oak hogsheads (both French and American) for malolactic transformation, racking and a further 14 months of maturation.
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. A generous year in both quantity and quality of fruit.
Maturation Vessel: French and American oak hogsheads in combination
Age of vines: 40 years +
Age of barrels: New
Time in barrel: 14 months
Cellaring potential: 15 years or more
Suitable for vegans: Yes