Heartland Sposa e Sposa celebrates the successful marriage of Italian grapes, Dolcetto and Lagrein, two northern Italian grape varieties that are ideally suited to Langhorne Creek climate. Lagrein’s heritage is the steep slopes of Alto Adige in the far north of Italy. Dolcetto hails originally from Piemonte, famous for great reds. From separate regions they are discouraged from marrying together in their native land. Winemaker, Ben Glaetzer believed their union made them better together and continues to be the only winemaker to blend these two varietals.
The Dolcetto was cool fermented on skins for seven days before being crushed and matured in stainless steel in order to preserve the fresh, floral notes of the variety. The Lagrein was matured new French oak barrels after fermentation to create a rounder, softer texture.
The fascinating Lagrein shows great complexity now that the vines have some age. Look for blackberries and black spice! The Dolcetto softens the palate and offers a burst of fruit to please and entice. This is designed for immediate pleasure, but has enough structure for a few years of cellaring (up to 10 years).
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.