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2015 ONE

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In life one and one don’t make two, One and one make One” – Bargain, Pete Townsend. 2012 marked the first vintage of an icon red. Heartland One is the first…and the last word.

Reviews

A big, thick set type with muscular shoulders. And it needs those shoulders to haul the dense and concentrated fruit within. A Cabernet and Shiraz blend (56/44), this is the flagship for Heartland. Coming off vines which are 40+ years old, the wine spent 14 months in a mix of French and American oak. Cloves, dark chocolate, mintiness and sweet caramel aromas set the tone. Black fruits leave nothing to chance barreling through the mouth, almost bullishly. A dab of sweetness lingers but the fruit is mouth-filling and moreish. Chalky and powdery like tannins are drying and sapping on close. A cool night with rain tapping on the roof and a piece of dark chocolate wedged in the mouth plus a glass of this may just be the tonic. Decant to drink now but it will live well beyond a decade. 93 points Reviewed: 10/18
-QWine

Tasting Notes

The rapier like precision of the 2015 vintage outmaneuvers any objections to seduce the senses. The full intensity of this wine may take many years to show itself, but the youthful vigor indicates a glorious future. Dark fruit and structuring tannins work in harmony and the depth and length are enough to rival Leo Tolstoy.

Vinification

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.

Vintage

Good winter rainfall offered cover crops for a moisture-retaining mulch throughout the dry spring and summer. The lack of rainfall over the growing period led to lower yields. Summer saw mostly cool temperatures and an early vintage with most of the region’s fruit off by early April. The Langhorne Creek wine region benefits from cooling afternoon breezes from Lake Alexandrina and this season was no exception. The welcome breezes helped keep overnight temperatures down, enabling fruit to maintain natural acidity.
-2015

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