The 2005 vintage provided us with a set of challenging yet fulfilling conditions. Low bunch counts meant for a below average crop, the result of which being highly concentrated fruit. A mild growing season and a slightly warm vintage allowed relatively consistent rate of ripening throughout all varieties in the Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast districts. From a Heartland point of view this meant that we were able to attain full concentration of flavour early in the season and therefore avoid high alcohol levels. At this stage of development the 2005 wines are showing more intense dark berry fruit than their 2004 counterparts and also show slightly elevated tannin levels. In terms of approachability this means the 2005 wines will show more levels of upfront fruit.
Region: 56% Limestone Coast 44% Langhorne Creek
Tasting notes: A dark, rich purple colour. This delicious black Shiraz has hints of chocolate, menthol and tobacco leaf on the nose. Plums, blackcurrant and spice flavours abound on the palate and are perfectly balanced by fine, supple tannins.
"...Vibrant, smoky raspberry and cherry
preserve aromas offer excellent clarity and are complemented by suave mineral and floral notes. Focused red berry fl avors possess impressive
energy and take on pepper and spice notes with air. The spice notes build ... giving the sweet raspberry and cherry fl avors a lively quality.
Outstanding value here." International Wine Cellar Jul/Aug ‘07