Heartland Wines Stickleback Red 2006
A bright ruby-red color with attractive purple hues. A soft, spicy wine displaying aromas of blackcurrants and summer berries with hints of eucalyptus and a smooth, round palate.
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Shiraz, 7% Grenache. 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. Now they knew where the right fruit was and they had John to help them access it. The perception, skills, resources, and access combined to form Heartland. Their years of persistence, collaboration, and commitment gave us the wines we have today as well as an abiding friendship that none of them will readily admit to. The Stickleback blend is chosen for optimum flavor and texture, with each variety bringing a unique character to the wine. You may not be in the vineyard, but . . . You can taste it from where you are.