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Heartland Wines’ Italian job wins Sydney Trophy
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An adventurous blend of two Italian grape varieties– dolcetto and lagrein – has earned winemaker Ben Glaetzer a major trophy at this year’s Sydney International Wine Competition.
The Heartland Dolcetto Lagrein 2005 from Langhorne Creek, South Australia was awarded the competition’s Ted Radke Perpetual Trophy for the best Top 100 wine from a lesser-recognised grape variety.
Another Heartland wine, the Shiraz 2005, joined the Dolcetto Lagrein as a Blue-Gold Award winner and a Top 100 wine in the competition.
A feature of the Sydney competition is that the Top 100 wines, selected from 2000 entries, are judged on their compatibility with food.
Among judges’ comments on the Dolcetto Lagrein were that it has “ripe cherry characters and an absolutely fantastic acidity…It became slightly sweeter with the food but, structurally, it was just perfect”.
Another judge agreed that the “the acidity of the wine serves it well with food. It brings a fresh juiciness to the dish. Up a notch”.
On the Shiraz, judges found a “a lovely sweet palate of full, but restrained, medium weight wine” and “lots of funky, raspberry, toasted coffee character. Fairly plush, sappy fruits.”
Ben Glaetzer said he is pleased that his wines have been recognised as particularly compatible with food as he makes restrained, elegant styles that have firmness and flavour but don’t overwhelm. He said it was also great to see the quality of Langhorne Creek fruit being recognised. Please visit http://www.heartlandwines.com.au , image library for high resolution bottle, label and winemaker images.