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Heartland Stickleback Red 2008

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This wine is fragrant, spicy, juicy and full bodied. A rich violet/purple colour. Chocolate spice and black fruit characters of cherry and plum on the palate, with a vibrant blackcurrant lift. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine a rich, savoury character. We have been planing to use our plantings of Dolcetto in Stickleback Red for several years. Only now are the vines mature enough for it to enhance the blend, offering firm tannins to the mix. Lagrein contributes spiciness and a fresh, crisp acid profile, enhancing the wine's structure.

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Member Reviews for Heartland Stickleback Red

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Snooth User: ttocsffej
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3.50 5
05/21/2011

Epicurean Wines is a reliable importer from Seattle, bringing over a wide variety of interesting and popularly priced wines. This "second label" offering from young Australian winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, is true to his stylistic bent: hedonistic, jammy, higher alcohol and relatively high residual sugar "fruit bombs" that are seductive and lush on the palate. Glaetzer wines also tend to be a little harder on the wallet; usually priced in the $20-$30 USD range. Heartland Stickleback Red is the sort of red wine that non-red wine drinkers suck down by the case at my parties while stating that they "don't normally like red wine, but this stuff is great." Super. Thanks for bringing me that lovely jug of white zinfandel in exchange. Seriously, from about $7 at your local Costco, this is a wine to stock up on while you can find it. A very Australian styled blend of somewhat overripe Cab and Shiraz, lifted by small amounts of Lagrein, and Dolcetto (usually found in Northeastern and Northwestern Italy) which add bright red fruit flavors, a touch of acidity and enough tannins to hold it all together. Fun, but not complex, and it certainly won't be long lived (keep in mind the screwtop '08 vintage is already 6 months older than U.S. or european '08 vintage bottlings.) I noticed a slight fading of the the fruit after the initial burst when first opened, but hey, what can I say? So it's not built for the cellar--but it's a terrific mouthful of wine to quaff right now. And while it's definitely "party priced", I'd certainly recommend hiding a few bottles from your white zin swilling friends at your next party. Or for a little fun, try brown bagging it and let your favorite wine snob do a blind tasting. Buy and drink up over the next 8-12 months. Unequivocably recommended at under $10.


External Reviews for Heartland Stickleback Red

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
09/04/2010

Deep purple-colored, the Stickleback Red displays an alluring perfume of cedar, tobacco, black currant, blueberry and a touch of earth. The first sip of this wine is very big and ripe with a layered palate combined with complex flavors. This attractive blend totally over-delivers for its humble price.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
10/14/2010

This wine is fragrant, spicy, juicy and full bodied. A rich violet/purple colour. Chocolate spice and black fruit characters of cherry and plum on the palate, with a vibrant blackcurrant lift. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine a rich, savoury character. We have been planing to use our plantings of Dolcetto in Stickleback Red for several years. Only now are the vines mature enough for it to enhance the blend, offering firm tannins to the mix. Lagrein contributes spiciness and a fresh, crisp acid profile, enhancing the wine's structure.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
02/02/2012

Crisp tannins cut through modest berry and floral flavors. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto and Lagrein. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright ruby. Lively dark berry and cherry aromas complicated by clove and chocolate. Supple and ripe on entry, then more tangy in the middle, showing fresh, spicy red fruits and silky tannins. Refreshingly brisk and focused on the finish, with the spicy note echoing.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ruby-red. Spicy red- and black currant aromas are complemented by baking spices, minerals and dried herbs. Tangy and fresh, offering spicy red berry and bitter cherry flavors and building sweetness. Finishes with good lift and snap and a lingering licorice quality. Offers a lot of complexity and freshness for the money. These wines are made by Ben Glaetzer, who also oversees his familyrsquo;s wines as well as those of Mitolo.


External Review
05/18/2011

South AustraliaStickleback Red is a hot new wine from Down Under made by Heartland Wines, a collaboration formed in 2001 to create premium Australian wines from the Limestone Coast and Langhorne Creek. Director/Winemaker is rising star Ben Glaetzer, whom Robert Parker named a Wine Personality of the Year in December 2005. In Parker's words, "When I look at the winemaker behind some of my favorite Australian wines, the name Ben Glaetzer seems to come up frequently. From a winemaking family dating back to the late 19th century, he has shown an exquisite talent for accessing fabulous vineyards and turning out world-class wines from old vine Shiraz and Grenache...This is a serious talent who has exploded on the wine scene with a brilliant array of wines." We call it a red wine gem!Heartland Stickleback Red is a rich blend of 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Dolcetto and 5% Lagrein. It is a bright ruby red in color with soft tannins and aromas of red currant, black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice. It offers flavors of ripe red fruit, blackberries, eucalyptus and spicy oak. The wine was aged for 12 months in 3- and 4-year-old French and American oak barrels. It is long and impressive on the finish.Enjoy Heartland Stickleback Red over the next 3-4 years with steak, BBQ ribs, lamb chops and pasta with red sauce.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Made by Ben Glaetzer, the Heartland wines are meant to offer an affordable entry to the Epicurean portfolio The Stickleback Red blends Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz and Grenache to make an attractive wine for everyday drinking. Some smoky notes frame black cherry and black olive fruit, while the texture is creamy on the midpalate, fading a bit on the finish.


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This wine is fragrant, spicy, juicy and full bodied. A rich violet/purple colour. Chocolate spice and black fruit characters of cherry and plum on the palate, with a vibrant blackcurrant lift. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine a rich, savoury character. We have been planing to use our plantings of Dolcetto in Stickleback Red for several years. Only now are the vines mature enough for it to enhance the blend, offering firm tannins to the mix. Lagrein contributes spiciness and a fresh, crisp acid profile, enhancing the wine's structure.

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