Good vintage, classy wine. A compelling combination. This excellent blend of cabernet and shiraz from the 2016 vintage is only just, and ever so just, starting to see some initial development. But it is so far from where it will finish. Rich and smooth dark chocolate and dark fruit characters merge seamlessly with the cedary oak and fine chalky tannins. There's a slightly liqueur fruit thing happening there. A great example of what this region can do, amply demonstrating the virtues of blending these two varieties.
-Ray Jordan - Wine Pilot
Ben Glaetzer has long championed Shiraz Cabernet blends in the Barossa, and has tactically highlighted Cabernet to take the lead in his Langhorne Creek flagship. Redcurrants pop with crunchy acidity, gently accented with regional menthol, well married with the plush blueberries of Shiraz. Expertly deployed oak brings dark chocolate to the union, fixing an impressively fine, confident tannin frame that confirms both persistence and endurance.
Points: 95 / 100
The 2016 vintage offers a clarity of vision that will allow 2016 Heartland One to grow and prosper for many years to come. The intensity of this wine provides all the impetus required for long term cellaring, while the deft handling of oak and the finely tuned acidity will ensure that it stays on track to be a balanced and generous wine. Dark fruit dominates the palate at this stage, while the structure is discernable and ready to support the wine.
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 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 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.
Ben reckons this might be the finest vintage he has ever seen from Langhorne Creek. Only time will tell. Harvest was more generous than the previous few years, with above average quantity and quality. Total degree days were up from the last three years, with wonderful ripeness levels recorded leading to amazing fruit intensity. This may supersede the 2012 vintage for overall quality and has led to a very happy winemaker.