Heartland took home the “Best Shiraz” Trophy at the 2013 Langhorne Creek Winemakers Showcase last week. A group of well-known judges including wine writer Huon Hooke tasted over eight categories in the showcase. The Best Shiraz trophy was awarded to the 2010 Director’s Cut Shiraz. Click here to read the full press release.
An article entitled “5 new-style Australian wines to try” was released by Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post on March 6, giving readers some great recommendations. On the list of 5 wines was Heartland’s 2009 Stickleback Red with the top score of 2 stars (meaning “exceptional”). Read the tasting note below!
Heartland Stickleback Red 2009
South Australia, $13
A delightful blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and the Italian varietals dolcetto and lagrein, this is made by famed Aussie winemaker Ben Glaetzer. There’s tradition here, in a hint of tobacco flavor that calms the more familiar Australian enthusiasm. Alcohol: 14.5 percent.
Heartland Wines Director’s Cut Shiraz 2010 just received the Blue-Gold Award at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition, and was recognized one of the Top 100 Wines tasted. The wine also received 94 points from James Halliday, his comments are below.
“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.” 94 Points James Halliday
In the “By the Glass” wine column in the Boston Globe, they mention wines that are “worth a pour” for great prices. Of the top picks was the 2009 Heartland Shiraz! Their comments are below.
Heartland South Australia Shiraz 2009 Full of finesse and balance. A nose of ripe plum, red currants, loamy soil, and a hit of mintiness. Toasted oak, olive tapenade, and more baking spices show up, along with food-friendly tannins.
Heartland Wines received outstanding scores from James Halliday’s 2013 edition of the Australian Wine Companion. Halliday scores the 2011 Pinot Gris 89 points, 2010 Dolcetto& Lagrein 90 points, and the 2010 Director’s Cut 94 points! The 2010 Dolcetto & Lagrein also was marked as a “special value” wine, great taste for a great price. Not only did the wines receive great scores but the winery itself was given 4.5 stars overall. To read the full review for each wine and James Halliday’s comments on the winery, click the image below.
Forbes.com Wines for the Weekend featured an article on Gordon Getty, son of oil baron J. Paul Getty Sr. and No. 334 on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires. Getty owns two wineries in Napa, PlumpJack and Cade, and could afford any wine he wants, but his top picks suit anyone’s budget.
The article is titled, “Wines a Billionaire Drinks”. Getty surprises by saying that he loves to find great wines that cost around $25-$30. and his current favorite? Heartland Director’s Cut! Click below to read the full article, and even better, check out this video featuring Heartland in an interview with Getty. Getty discusses how Director’s Cut won a wine competition that was taking place in Adelaide while he was visiting. To see the amazing video click here, to read the piece click on one of the images below.
Heartland Director’s Cut 2010 makes the Hot Wine list in the Wine Spectator Insider, with a 93 Point review!
“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.”