Heartland Wines is the brainchild of winemaker Ben Glaetzer and business partners Grant Tilbrook, Scott Collet, Geoff Hardy,
Gino Melini, John Pargeter and Vicki Arnold. Ben is the second generation of a celebrated Australian wine dynasty that began
with his father Colin. As winemaker for Glaetzer Wines, Ben continues a 30+ year tradition of producing elite Shiraz, including
Australia's iconic Amon-Ra. Ben is passionate about wine and exploring the differences in terroir – ergo, his multiple
winemaking responsibilities at Glaetzer, Mitolo, Woodstock and Heartland.
Founded in 2002, Heartland produces wines that highlight the unique terroir and characteristics of Langhorne Creek and the
Limestone Coast, two of Southern Australia's most highly regarded wine appellations. Heartland owns 1,000 acres of mature
vineyards in Langhorne Creek and the Limestone Coast that are planted to sandy loam soils and/or grey marl over deep
limestone. With these estate-grown grapes, Ben produces three different ranges: the modestly priced Stickleback, the midpriced
Coast and Creek range and the premium Director's Cut Reserve. This tiered approach was deliberately crafted to, "Give
the drinker stepping stones...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 snap shot of my vineyards, vintage and
|Matured for 14 months in new French (70%) and American (30%) oak hogsheads,
this savory, full-bodied red offers pronounced aromas of ripe black fruits, red currants and spice that mingle nicely with hints of
espresso and dried spice. Flavors of cassis, anise and earth are supported by balanced tannins and bright acids.
| Wine Advocate 88 points (Dec 2011)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Shiraz gives intense eucalypt, blackberry and blueberry preserves aromas with dark chocolate and baking spice nuances. Very crisp, full-bodied and with plenty of mouth-filling warm berry flavors, it has a medium-firm level of grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink this one now to 2016. ”
|Shiraz from 16-18 year old vines planted in Langhorne Creek (95%) and the Limestone Coast (5%) was crushed and then
pumped over twice a day to enhance color, flavor and tannins. The wine was left on its skins for ten days after which a Rhone
isolate yeast was used to start fermentation.