Heartland Shiraz offers and enticing glimpse of Langhorne Creek with its unique texture, intense fruit, and multiple layers of aroma and flavor. The intense color preempts a wine of dense, layered black fruit. The aromas of anise and cracked pepper are enveloped in classic blackberry. An echo of mint is brought to the palate by the addition of a small amount of Limestone Coast fruit. The glass-coating texture belies a wine of restraint and balance.
Owner and winemaker Ben Glaetzer's work in Langhorne Creek is one of the most exciting stories in Australia today. Heartland Wines came out of a lunch in 1999 between Ben and three friends and a fear that rather than expressing the diversity of sites and rich history of the country, Australian wines were heading in a generic, commercial direction. Ben had grown excited at older, high-quality vineyards he had seen in the cool-climate Langhorne Creek area, Australia's oldest settled wine region, one hour south of Adelaide and southeast of McLaren Vale. Langhorne Creek was an obvious destination for the grapes they needed. Ben had grown up immersed in the potential of Langhorne Creek through the work of his uncle John Glaetzer.