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Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2016 £25.95
HEARTLAND DIRECTORS CUT SHIRAZ LANGHORNE CREEK
Heartland is the place between the vines that offers the best view of the gum trees. Directors’ Cut is Heartland’s most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek’s classic varietals.
The grapes are selected from some of the best vineyards in the region. These vineyards are chosen for the consistent intensity and texture of the fruit. The strictest pruning techniques are used. The fruit for Directors’ Cut Shiraz 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 3 times daily, the wine was transferred to French and American oak hogsheads for 14 months maturation.
2016 is a gentle year that has yielded wines of great potential. The growing period presented a minor frost event in September and a cool early flowering period. Overall yields were 5% down. A dry lead up to harvest led to a frantic run between early February and late March, getting all the fruit in at the right time
This soft and generous vintage has allowed Directors’ Cut Shiraz to display all its youthful beauty. The dark berry fruit is immediately accessible and the flavours of cocoa, spice, licorice and chocolate-coated coffee bean are laid out for all to enjoy like a dinner platter. This is a wine to be shared and contemplated with friends.
Halliday Rating 93/100
Drink By 2033
"From vines average 40+yo, cool open-fermented on skins, matured vcin new French and American oak for 14 months. Full crimson-purple; supple, mouthfilling and hedonistic, with that velvety softness Langhorne Creek provides without sacrificing shape or focus; blackberry jelly beans and licorice strap are the flavours, even if they sound naff."
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