We produce wines that remain true to the recognized Australian style, while ensuring a balanced structure and appealing texture. Heartland Shiraz is a pure expression of Australia’s most iconic variety.
Region: Langhorne Creek
Soil: Langhorne Creek: Sandy loam.
The dark colour preempts a wine of dense, layered black fruit. The aromas of anise and cracked pepper are enveloped in classic blackberry. The glass coating texture gives way to freshness on the finish resulting in a fine balance. The structure imparted by oak and skin contact integrates well with the bright, but intense fruit.
The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and pumped over twice a day for nine days to enhance colour and flavour. Fermentation with our Rhône isolate yeast was at 18°-24°C. Extended maceration resulted in savoury, supple tannins and an approachable palate. The wine matured for 14 months in oak prior to bottling.
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.
Maturation Vessel: 100% oak
Age of vines: 18-20 years
Oak Type: French and selected American barrels in combination
Time in barrel: 14 months
Age of barrels: New - 4 year old hogsheads [300 litre]
Suitable for vegans: Yes