Selected from 12 different blocks within the Hentley Farm home vineyard, all fermented and aged separately before blending. An inky dark colour and that intensity follows through onto the palate. Blackberry, liquorice, dark spiced fruits, milk chocolate. Mouthcoating tannins. A solid, seamless Barossa Shiraz delivering plenty and hitting all the right spots.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"This wine is a blend of 12 blocks from within our yineyard, all with variances in top soil depth, subsoil type, row orientation, clonal selection and micro-climate. The top soil is predominantly a red clay loam, and the subsoil varies from shattered limesone to salt & pepper siltsone and bluestone at depth. All vines are grown on their own roots.
The fruit was de-stemmed prior to fermentation, during which 2-3 pump overs a day were used to ensure that each wine achieved a full tannin structure. Time on skins ranged from 7-50 days before pressing and settling. The wine completed secondary fermentation in new (10%) & old (85%) French and American oak barrels, before blending in October, a total maturation period of 10 months. No fining or filtration was used in the production of this wine.
Blackberry and liquorice lead the way with dark chocolate and cigar box hiding in the background. Layers of rich fruit are loaded on the front of the palate followed by chocolate and vanilla in the middle. Great tannin structure throughout and the persistence you would expect from the Hentley Farm Estate."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, The Wine Front, March 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Pure, sweet, full-bodied flavour in a svelte package. Kirsch and woodsy spice, smoked meat, coal and florals. It’s warm with alcohol but you’d still call it well balanced. It’s quite delicious."