Heartland One by Ben Glaetzer 2012  £43.95


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HEARTLAND ONE BY BEN GLAETZER 

Heartland is the place between the vines that offers the best view of the gum trees. 2012 marks the first vintage of an icon red. Heartland One is the first…and the last word.

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 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.

2012 is a year of exceptional quality. Late September frosts reduced yields between 10 and 40% depending on the vineyard. A long and relatively cool ripening season allowed for full development of the fruit flavours. The wines retain their natural acidity while conveying the full range of fruit flavours and deep colours we want. 2012 is the best vintage in a long time.

This densely purple wine stains the glass with rich colour. The powerful dark fruit is complimented by hints of pepper and spice. The structure of oak is evident on the palate, but finely poised to compliment the astonishing intensity of black fruit and velvety texture of this commanding wine. If you are looking for a great red to drink or age, this is the One.


 

Halliday Rating 93/100

Drink By 2028

"Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%) and shiraz (37%). Matured in both French and American oak; the latter dominates. Mint, blackberry, tar and coffee ground flavours with a touch of caramel. A wall of flavour in some ways, though it doesn't come across as overly heavy. Nor does it seem overly sweet. Indeed it's approachable given the magnitude of its aspiration."

eRobertParker.com: 93 Points

"Deep garnet-purple in color and presenting intense notes of creme de cassis, preserved plums, licorice and tar with hints of cigar boxes, mocha and bacon, the medium to full-bodied 2012 Heartland One Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is taut and muscular in the mouth structured with a firm backbone of grainy tannins and balanced acid through to a long, layered finish. Drink it now to 2024+"

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