Heartland Stickleback Red 2010

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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

Very affordable wine. Did a tasting with this and several other, more expensive, wines. Stickleback was the overall favorite. Good wine for a gr... Read more

Although cab is the dominant grape the syrah comes through on the nose with some meatiness. Low acidity, hot and tart it doesnt start too well. How... Read more

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Snooth User: ttocsffej
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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.


Snooth User: tlcroft
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/02/2009

Very affordable wine. Did a tasting with this and several other, more expensive, wines. Stickleback was the overall favorite. Good wine for a great price.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/04/2008

Although cab is the dominant grape the syrah comes through on the nose with some meatiness. Low acidity, hot and tart it doesnt start too well. However its not all bad - its a round, spicy, mouthfilling aussie wine. Get it for fruit, not for structure. The finish is licorice.

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  • Snooth User: wkmont
    94149146
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 11/24/2008

    Good wine for the price. Spicy, well balanced, nice finish.


    Snooth User: Jack Lynch
    9407290
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 10/26/2008

    Well worth the $10. Fruit forward, with blackberry and cherry; very spicy, with hints of leather. Tannins well balanced. Long finish. Very much a New World wine, but without the excesses that come with some highly rated Australian wines.


    Snooth User: ktam12
    11818942
    2.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 01/16/2009

    Strong aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and spice. Fruit forward flavors of berries, espresso and hints of leather. Lacking structure to balance the wine. Relatively inexpensive, but will probably not purchase again.


    Snooth User: kphutchins
    795895
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 07/30/2008

    Great value wine. Easy to drink .


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    External Reviews for Heartland Stickleback Red

    External Review
    Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
    01/26/2014

    South AustraliaStickleback Red is a great 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 Stickleback a red wine gem!Heartland Stickleback Red is a rich blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto and 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: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
    Vintage: 2009 04/15/2013

    South AustraliaStickleback Red is a great 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 Stickleback a red wine gem!Heartland Stickleback Red is a rich blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto and 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
    Vintage: 2009 11/30/2011

    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
    Vintage: 2008 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
    Vintage: 2008 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
    Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

    Bright and jazzy, with a peppery note adding a nice accent to the cherry, cranberry and spice flavors, lingering on the polished finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Dolcetto and Grenache. Drink now through 2011.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

    The 2006 Stickleback Red is composed of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Shiraz and 27% Grenache. It was aged for 12 months in used French and American oak. This crimson-colored wine has an enticing perfume of spice box, black cherry, black currant, and blackberry. Ripe, sweet, and layered on the palate, this sensational value totally over-delivers. It will evolve for 1ndash;2 years but there is really no reason to defer gratification.


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