Heartland Wines Stickleback White 2006
Vibrant straw in color with flashes of lime green. Masses of citrus zest on the nose with gooseberry, peach, and passionfruit hints. Flavors of lemon zest and pear balanced by refreshing, crisp acidity and a long, lifted finish.
52% Chardonnay, 32% Verdelho, 16% Semillon. 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.