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Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2014 £15.95
HEARTLAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON LANGHORNE CREEK
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. A generous year in both quantity and quality of fruit.
The fruit for this was crushed into 8 tonne open fermenters, left on skins to cold macerate for three days prior to fermentation. Fermentation occurred at or under 23°C (with a Rhône isolate yeast). This helped to extract the skin tannin while maintaining aromatics. The wine underwent its malolactic transformation in oak, was then racked and returned to French and American oak for a 12-month maturation in 1-3 year old French (80%) and American (20%) oak hogsheads.
If colour tells a story, then this is one of depth and character. Appealing floral notes give nuance to the attractive red fruit so abundant on the nose. Blackcurrant leads an ensembe cast of spices and herbs that act as a perfect foil to this wine's mesmerizing display of fruit.
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