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2010 Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon
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- Cellar 4 - 5 years (2016-2017)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Screw Cap
The decline of bygone aussie classics like Koonunga Hill and the Leasingham Bin Series left a hole in the Australian middle tier. Ben Glaetzer wasn't alone when he became disillusioned by the amalgamation of wine companies in Australia which he felt had begun to produce generic wines of little character. It was precursor to a time when Australia was starting to flood export markets on an industrial scale with the likes of 'Yellowtail', landing around $5 per bottle. His concerns were timely. By 2007, one U.S. importer, John Larchet, bemoaned, "Two-thirds of the Australian wine that comes to the US is labeled under the broadest geographic designation allowed, Southeastern Australia. In terms of regional specificity, that's similar to saying that an American wine is made from grapes grown, say, 'somewhere west of the Mississippi.' Larchet, like Glaetzer was afraid that the sheer volume and 'sameness' of these wines was a deterrent to consumers exploring other Australian wines. “They’re less vibrant, less representative of what Australia can offer." said Glaetzer. U.S. retailers were echoing similar concerns noticing that while some punters "...just stay put, buying Yellowtail again and again, others do graduate to more serious wines, but when they do so, they seek wines from other countries - not Australia". Glaetzer knew he could do better. In 2002 the Heartland team formed. There's nothing like vested interest to ward off mediocrity, and with the likes of Scott Collett of Woodstock and Geoff Hardy of Pertaringa on board (amongst other wine industry identities), they each became personally involved in providing an affordable alternative for consumers. The group undertook all aspects of the business - from growing the grapes and winemaking to marketing and selling the wines. It's an approach that maintains quality control from start to finish, and with the owners contributing to each step of the process, the pressure's on to get things right, year in year out.
The caliber of 2010 was such that the wines almost made themselves. It's also a vintage where Cabernet Sauvignon stands out from the South Australian pack, just as much as the Shiraz. As beacons of value for disillusioned consumers, these amazing efforts should remind those companies who choose to ignore 'Brand Australia' that they risk more than their own demise. Kudos to Ben Glaetzer and his colleagues for lighting the way! Lesser known Langhorne Creek, lying south of McLaren Vale, is one of Australia's oldest wine growing regions where historical estates like Bleasdale and Stonyfell (Metala) are being joined by a modern day revolution with the likes of Noon, Brothers in Arms and Heartland.
From 85% Langhorne Creek fruit (the remainder Limestone Coast), this full bodied Cabernet was matured in old oak for twelve months. Totally opaque black dark crimson red colour with deep dark crimson red black hue. The nose exhibits blackcurrant and mulberry aromas intermixed with a touch of liquorice with some underlying cedar and tobacco like qualities. Full bodied the palate possesses amazing concentration for its price point with rich generous flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry filling the mouth followed by some cedar, a touch of tobacco and spice. Superb depth, richness and persistence. Solid but fine grained, perfectly balanced tannin structure. Long blackcurrant, mulberry, cedar, tobacco and spice aftertaste.
Cellar 4-5 years (2016-2017)