I have to admit, the huge scores on this wine are what initially caught my eye. When you have four professional reviewers handing out scores between 90 and 94 points, there’s certainly something going on! And indeed there is with the Heartland Directors Cut. It’s one of those intensely dark purple, almost black, wines that stains the glass when you swirl. Seductive aromatics, beautiful sweet fruit, and plenty of structure make this a wine to savor now with a short decant or stash away for a few more years. Not surprisingly, our quantities are extremely limited, so make sure to place your order today.
--Kristin Balabanian, Senior Buyer
Australian Wine Companion
"Deep, dense crimson-purple; this really is built for the long haul; cedary/spicy French oak is the first aroma encountered on the bouquet and is never far away, but there are waves of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate fruits, then round tannins to conclude."
"Rich, ripe and generous, bursting with vivid blackberry, currant and floral flavors that dance energetically against refined tannins, finishing with length on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2020."
International Wine Cellar
"Dark purple. Ripe blackberry and cassis on the intensely perfumed nose, with vanilla and mocha notes adding complexity. Sweet black and blue fruit flavors show excellent depth and a plush, velvety texture. Finishes sweet and supple and very long, with gentle tannins and a late jolt of peppery spices."
The Wine Advocate
"Very deep purple-black in color, the 2010 "Director's Cut" Shiraz displays pronounced notes of warm blackberries, blueberries and crushed black cherries with nuances of pepper, chocolate, cloves, cumin seeds and cedar. With full bodied excellent concentration plus a good whack of oak, the generous fruit is well supported by medium to firm chewy tannins and refreshing acid, finishing long and cedary. It needs a little time for oak to marry and should drink best 2013 to 2020+."
The Directors' Cut Shiraz is a deep ruby in color, with splashes of violet. The nose displays beautifully articulated dark fruits, cherries and cassis with hints of spice box and anise. Seductively rich on the palate, flavors of dark chocolate and plums integrate with supple, focused tannin and impressive length. European in style, with savory characters, and wonderful mouth-feel.
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
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. With a temperature summation approximately equivalent to Alsace, the best Langhorne Creek vineyards benefit from very cool nights that offset warm days, with temperature swings that can reach nearly 40 degrees within a day. The Heartland Wines from Langhorne Creek display the originality and appeal of the area’s regional and varietal characteristics – they are food-friendly, balanced wines offering tremendous value.