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Glaetzer Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2015

This is a classically proportioned and less oaky vintage of Glaetzer’s Directors’ Cut Heartland shiraz from Langhorne Creek that is a delight to drink.  In the glass, it has aromas of coconut shavings and plum.  The palate is rich, full bodied with terrific length and an expression of crushed spices.  Ready to drink now or…Continue readingGlaetzer Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2015

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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 HillsEverything 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…Continue readingTwo South Australian shiraz; Marko’s Vineyard ’15 and Heartland Directors’ Cut ’13

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John Glaetzer John’s Blend No 38 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

We have been panning for gold in a local IGA supermarket among a vinous sea of brands in the $10 to $30 price range from the corners of the continent.  John Glaetzer’s wines are always very good, and therefore an easy if not local choice.  The 2012 cabernet sauvignon from Langhorne Creek has aromatics of…Continue readingJohn Glaetzer John’s Blend No 38 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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John Glaetzer John’s Blend Margarete’s Shiraz 2010

John Glaetzer sure is a good winemaker.  This is another excellent shiraz release from this label, surpassing I think the 2009, which I also highly rated.  Its aromatics remind of plums, pepper and toasted cedar.  The palate is soft, fresh, well proportioned and has very long length, its flavours mostly of plums.  Langhorne Creek at…Continue readingJohn Glaetzer John’s Blend Margarete’s Shiraz 2010

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Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2012

The Metala shiraz cabernet is a bit of a stalwart in the local wine scene, and for $15 or thereabouts, can be a pretty good wine.  The 2012 vintage tasted here is a good one.  Its aromatics remind of pepper, plum, licorice and earth.  The palate has soft mid range length and licorice and plum…Continue readingMetala Shiraz Cabernet 2012

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John Glaetzer John’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Shortly to head off overseas again, this time more unexpectedly to ride a bike up mountains near Annecy.  But before I go, this is an excellent cabernet sauvignon from John Glaetzer tasted during the week.  It has aromatics of chocolate mint biscuit and plums.  The palate is plush, the length long, and the mouthfeel soft,…Continue readingJohn Glaetzer John’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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Heartland Shiraz 2012

First, a brief comment, and then the wine, which is a good one.  This wine is from Langhorne Creek in South Australia.  Langhorne Creek is to me a wine region that appears on labels, overtures are sometimes made as to the typicity of its terroirs in terms of what’s in the bottle, yet I don’t…Continue readingHeartland Shiraz 2012

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Cockfighter’s Ghost Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The grapes for this Cockfighter’s Ghost cabernet sauvignon are sourced from Langhorne Creek south of Adelaide, and then trucked to far away Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley to be turned into wine more than one thousand kilometres away.  That grapes can travel quite so far is remarkable, although not uncommon.  The result here is a…Continue readingCockfighter’s Ghost Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2010

Ben Glaetzer doesn’t produce a shy shiraz under this label, but that doesn’t trouble me.  The 2010 Heartland “Directors’ Cut” shiraz has its fruit sourced from Langhorne Creek and is a deep intensity purple in the glass, with evident tears.  Its aromatics are a medium intensity expression of blackberry, cedar, vanilla, currant and, for want…Continue readingHeartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz 2010