Two South Australian shiraz; Marko’s Vineyard ’15 and Heartland Directors’ Cut ’13

Here are a couple of workman like shiraz from the Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek respectively.

Marko’s Vineyard Point Eight Shiraz 2015, Adelaide Hills
Everything on the label sounds right.  Hand picked, small vineyard, small batch ferments and a connection to the Hill Smith family.  In the glass, however, the wine is sound only.  Baked spices, simple plum and plum jam aromatics.  On the palate, there are some soft tannins and short length.

Rating: Acceptable

Heartland Director’s Cut Shiraz 2013, Langhorne Creek
Heartland’s Director’s Cut is typically a hearty style, with plenty of oak and ripe fruit that in my view suits Langhorne Creek shiraz at its best.  The 2013 seemed a little toned back.  It has aromatics of obvious cedar, spice, leather and plums.  The palate is still plush with good length, but seemed to have less depth of flavour and balance than previous vintages.

Rating: Acceptable to Good

Source: sample

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