2021 Heartland Spice Trader Cabernet Shiraz
The colour evokes rich crimson cloaks and rubies with an opaque core of intense fruit. Old fashioned licorice straps and ripe raspberries ride shotgun while blackberry fruit drives the wagon across the plain. The palate is all about the fruit with enough structure to see you home. The length of finish surprises while it delights. It stands and delivers. Honestly...
The Cabernet and Shiraz are fermented separately with specific parcels included for their ability to offer greater complexity and character. Time in barrels permits a softening of the wine's structure. It also offers a complex expression of the fuit and helps the exotic notes of spice to be discovered.
Steady winter rainfall and multiple flood events gave us a good storage of moisture and healthy vines leading into the growing season. Higher than average summer temperatures have offered up robust fruit characters that Shiraz loves to present - 2018