Heartland Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Another superb Langhorne Creek red, this is all class. Old vine Cabernet is harvested at night in order not to lose any freshness. Initial skin contact and seven days cool ferment on the same yeasts as used for the Shiraz. The wine is hand-plunged three times daily. Maturation then occurs in oak hogsheads, 75% new, for 14 months. Ben Glaetzer has been quoted as suggesting that this might be the finest vintage he has experienced from the region. It shows. Opaque red in colour, this has notes of dried herbs, leather and animal skins with tobacco leaf, blackberries and cloves. Seamless, juicy and concentrated, it is finely balanced with satiny tannins. Gorgeous on the palate. This is fabulous stuff now but has many years ahead of it, if you prefer hiding some away in the cellar.