Some more Shiraz-Down Under-Experience for Christmas: Heartland Shiraz 2008, South Australia

A reasonable Shiraz worthy to mention?! Yes, I think so! Produced by the well know winemaker Ben Glaetzer (Amon-Ra etc.) this Shiraz appeared to have a certain appeal to me. This wasn’t all that easy, because my longing for overpowered Shiraz monsters is rather limited. The grapes for this wine were grown in two very different vineyards: Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast along the Eastern coastline of South Australia.

My first impression was decent and not too broad fruit. Not too overpowered either. Pepper, Spice, ethereal features, plenty of red currant, mild sweetness, some milk chocolate, a bit more gingerbread, a hint of mushrooms and not specifically definable forest soil features. It wasn’t too bold or stressful. Pretty good integrated alcohol (14,5%) which was present, but surely not in the leading role. Decent body, not too heavy, not lean or elegant either, and a defined playful acid. Overall its balance was very fine. After some hours this fair balance impression was stabilizing. Fairly young, but absolutely enjoyable right now or over the next two years. I'd suggest this one for Christmas. Maybe instead of egg-nog, glogg or other horrible Christmas beverages. Let’s have this with mildly sweet gingerbread. Might work out. In conclusion: fine, well balanced, reasonable priced and still a very typical example of a Shiraz from SA.

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