Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Dark purple. Ripe cherry, cassis and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Broad and appealingly sweet in the mouth, offering lush dark fruit compote flavors and a bracing jolt of peppery spices. Dusty tannins give structure to a long, fruit-driven finish that features an exotic spicecake nuance.
The Wine Advocate - "Dark purple. Ripe cherry, cassis and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Broad and appealingly sweet in the mouth, offering lush dark fruit compote flavors and a bracing jolt of peppery spices. Dusty tannins give structure to a long, fruit-driven finish that features an exotic spicecake nuance."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium red-purple; manages to combine the soft mid-palate of Langhorne Creek with cabernet tannins on the finish, but do so in a way that doesn't break the line of the wine; likewise, maturation in French hogsheads hasn't threatened the fruit."
Wine Spectator - "The plush texture and silky midpalate almost define Langhorne Creek, and the cedar, cassis and tobacco notes are classic Cabernet. So what’s the rub? The finish falls off just a bit too quickly. It’s still nice stuff for the price."
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Heartland Wines was created by a small group of leading South Australian wine professionals, including Ben Glaetzer & Vicki Arnold from Glaetzer. All are all good friends and share a passion for making great wine. Heartland wines are made with fruit from mature vineyards in the Limestone Coast and Langhorne Creek in South Australia. View all Heartland Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.