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Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • JH94
  • WS93
  • RP90
14.5% ABV
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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JH 94
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.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's 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+.
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Heartland, , Australia
Heartland
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.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

TRD711914_2010 Item# 125941

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