Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet 2016
Langhorne Creek is a wine region within the Fleurieu region of South Australia, roughly a 50-minute drive from the city of Adelaide. It is located in the northeast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, stretching from Lake Alexandrina, on its southern fringes, towards the town of Langhorne Creek in the north. It is one of Australia's most historic winegrowing areas, with the oldest established wineries dating back to the mid-19th Century, and some plots of vines that have passed a century in age. Grape growing conditions are unique, in the sense that Langhorne Creek sits on an ancient flood plain created by the Angas and Bremer rivers, swelling with water descending from the Mount Lofty Ranges. Local wine pioneer and Bleasedale winery founder Frank Potts, who purchased 40ha (100 acres) of land in 1850 and planted Shiraz and Verdelho in the 1860s, developed a system of levees and floodgates to capture and divert a meter of water and nutrient-rich silt over his entire vineyard. While this occasional natural abundance of water could create problems with excess vigor, modern systems now harness the water via drip-irrigation systems, and so the flooding remains a major advantage for Langhorne Creek over other South Australian vineyards.
This is an intense glass of juicy and delicious red. A burst of dark primary fruit hits the palate with a compote of blueberries, blackberries and currants. These powerful fruit notes can engulf the uninitiated, but waves of spice, fresh spearmint and dried herbs can be discovered by seasoned flavor explorers.
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