Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Heartland Director's Cut Shiraz



Last Friday evening, we were at UE Square looking for a good place for dinner but ended up at Denise Wine. Browsed through their wine on promotion and the Heartland Director's Cut, 
made from grapes from 
Langhorne 
Creek
 (one 
of 
Australian’s 
oldest 
wine 
regions) 
and
 Limestone 
Coast
 in 
South
Australia, caught my attention.  I have always been a great fan of OZ Shiraz and Heartland's wine has consistently been awarded ratings in the 90's range by wine experts Robert Parker and James Halliday. Chief wine maker Ben Glaetzer, although young, seems to have a magic touch with a string of awards for wines across the Glaetzer and Heartland ranges.

I bought 2 bottles of the 2009 vintage and immediately opened one at Spizzico, the Italian restaurant beside the wine shop where we had our dinner. By the way, the restaurant allowed BYO without corkage charges and they served good quality Italian fare which wife loved it very much.

The wine did not disappoint. In fact, the first nose left a vey deep impression and was such a treat that you hate to drink it. It displayed very strong and lasting fruity smell, lots of oak that you could only get with good shiraz. I was so impressed with the nose that I fell in love with the wine even before drinking it. Seductively 
rich
 on 
the 
palate, 

focused 
tannin 
and
 an 
impressive
 length.
 This is a big, full-bodied wine.

We enjoyed the wine extremely much. So much that when we woke up the next Saturday morning, we could not stop talking about it and agreeing with each other how wonderful the wine was and we went back to the shop and grabbed the remaining 8 bottles on sale. Highly recommended.



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