Bancroft Wines takes on Heartland Wines from Langhorne Creek

Bancroft Wines has been appointed as the exclusive UK agent for Heartland Wines.

The company is a joint venture between industry veterans Ben Glaetzer (of Glaetzer Wines) and Nick Keukenmeester in Langhorne Creek, South Australia. Heartland was founded in 1999 with the aim of creating wines of balance, texture and a “distinctive Australian identity”, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The company also has a sustainable approach to viticulture.

Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s oldest viticultural regions and the area is unique in South Australia due to its cool maritime climate and significant diurnal range. The result is a long growing season and this, combined with ancient alluvial soils, makes it particularly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The area boasts the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world.

In addition to purchasing old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon And Shiraz from the region’s top growers, Heartland has also experimented successfully with plantings of Dolcetto and Lagrein, which make up a few of its unique blends.

Heartland’s wines are made at Glaetzer’s Barossa Vintners winery in Tanunda, Barossa.

Bancroft Wines’ chief executive, Jon Worsley, said: “Heartland is a natural fit for Bancroft’s portfolio – their wines are absolutely unique, with great quality throughout the range and a true commitment to sustainability. There is also a natural synergy with our agency Glaetzer Wines, as they share Ben Glaetzer as winemaker.

Keukenmeester said: “The UK market is vibrant and diverse, and we believe this is the perfect time to inject new energy into our presence here. We are thrilled to be working with a new partner whose passion for wine is at the heart of what they do. I am confident that Bancroft’s young and energetic team will help introduce Heartland to a new audience and really tell the story of our very special terroir.”