The label for the Heartland Wines range, from Limestone Coast and Langhorne Creek, is a graphic tribute to their multi-layered complexity, depicting all the spices and herbs that reviewers have found in the wines. This is where it all began for Australian wine – Heartland is based in Langhorne Creek, home to reputedly the oldest (pre-phylloxera) Cabernet Sauvignon vines on earth. And today’s Heartland wines display the opulence and fine texture that sets this region apart.
Directors’ Cut is Heartland’s most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek. This is only the second vintage of Directors’ Cut Cabernet Sauvignon.
Only the finest Cabernet vineyards in Langhorne Creek contributed to Directors’ Cut. The old vine fruit is the cornerstone of this wine’s character. The fruit was harvested at night to retain freshness. Initial skin contact was followed by 7 days of cool fermentation with Rhône isolate yeast and hand-plunging three times daily. Maturation then occurred in new oak hogsheads (both French and American) for approximately 14 months.
The weight of fruit in Directors’ Cut Cabernet Sauvignon showcases how much of Langhorne Creek Ben can fit into one bottle. An almost impenetrable core of fruit is seasoned with dark spice like licorice, nutmeg and anise. The long finish heralds many years of future ageing and assures the palate of great quality. The enjoyment of this fine wine need not be delayed, but age will bring dividends.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.