Heartland Directors Cut ShirazThe 2006 Heartland Directors’ Cut Shiraz is the wine of the week in today’s SMH. Huon Hooke writes:

This is the flagship red of Ben Glaetzer’s Heartland range – a blend of Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast grapes. It has a great deal of flavour and richness at a price that is affordable, as flagship shirazes go.

The colour is deep and concentrated, the nose is full of coffee-mocha richness, betraying serious oak treatment, while the mouth is decadently fleshy and dense but at the same time smooth and supple of texture.

The tannins are ripe and round and the finish persists well. Best now or a wine to cellar for 10-plus years.

Food pairing: all red meats, especially beef and venison. Also hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan.