Heartland Stickleback Red 2008

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Epicurean Wines is a reliable importer from Seattle, bringing over a wide variety of interesting and popularly priced wines. This "second label" o... Read more

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 ... Read more

Deep purple-colored, the Stickleback Red displays an alluring perfume of cedar, tobacco, black currant, blueberry and a touch of earth. The first s... Read more

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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.


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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: The Wine Buyer
09/05/2010

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: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2008 Stickleback Red, a blend of 61% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Dolcetto and Lagrein (a grape native to Alto Adige) that was aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple-colored, it displays an alluring perfume of cedar, tobacco, earth notes, black currant, and blueberry. Layered on the palate with some complex flavors, this attractive blend over-delivers for its humble price. Drink it over the next 5 years.


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

Inky ruby color. Brooding aromas of cherry skin, dark chocolate, licorice and black cardamon. Chewy, deeply pitched dark berry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and pick up an espresso note with air. Much more serious than most wines at this price point, with firm finishing grip and an echo of cracked pepper.


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

From star winemaker Ben Glaetzer, this is a full-bodied, moderately rich blended red consisting of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz, 10% Dolcetto and 5% Grenache. A solid value, it offers slightly smoky scents alongside baking-spice and dark fruit aromas, followed by cassis and cherry flavors. Drink now.


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.


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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.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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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