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Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz Langhorne Creek 2018 £23.12
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.
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.
2017 not yet rated, 2016 vintage review
Wine Companion: 91/100
"Everything has come together well starting with the fruit flavours, a mix of blackberry and currants, plus spices and chocolate. Full-bodied, ripe tannins and plenty of oak yet it's rich and rewarding."