2015 Heartland One - 93 points
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.
-QWine - Oct 2018