(58% Shiraz/42% Cabernet Sauvignon). Fruit from 15-18 year old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were fermented separately with specific parcels chosen for complexity and character. The wine matured for 12 months in neutral French and American hogsheads.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2012 Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and shows off a pronounced cassis and black plum nose with hints of eucalyptus, star anise, cloves and pepper. Medium to full-bodied with lots of mouth-filling and juicy blackberry flavor, it is supported by medium level, grainy tannins and refreshing acid before finishing with very good length. Drink it now to 2017. (May 2014)
Heartland Wines is the brainchild of winemaker Ben Glaetzer. Founded in 2002, Heartland produces wines that highlight the unique terroir of Langhorne Creek and the Limestone Coast, two of Southern Australia’s most highly regarded wine appellations.
Ben is part of a larger family winemaking legacy, his father is respected winemaker Colin Glaetzer and his two brothers are also winemakers. Ben is passionate about wine and exploring the differences in terroir – ergo, his multiple winemaking responsibilities at Heartland, Glaetzer, Mitolo, and Woodstock.
Heartland owns 1,000 acres of mature vineyards in Langhorne Creek and the Limestone Coast which are planted on deep limestone foundation with sandy loam and grey marl topsoil. From these estate grown grapes, Ben produces three different ranges of wine – the modestly priced Stickleback, the mid-priced Coast and Creek range and the premium Directors’ Cut. This tiered approach was deliberately crafted to ”give the drinker stepping stones…and making each level deliver more quality than its price would suggest,” says Ben. ”My aspiration is to allow anyone who buys one of my wines, irrespective of its price point, to see a snapshot of my vineyards, vintage and history.”
|(58% Shiraz/42% Cabernet Sauvignon). Fruit from 15-18 year old Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were fermented separately with specific parcels chosen for complexity and character. The wine matured for 12 months in neutral French and American hogsheads.