Heartland Wines is the brainchild of winemaker Ben Glaetzer. 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. Ben is part of the well-known Glaetzer family in the Barossa Valley. 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 that are planted on sandy loam soils and grey marl over deep limestone. 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 snap shot of my vineyards, vintage and history.”
|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.
|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.