2015 Hentley Farm "The Stray Mongrel" Grenache Blend Barossa Valley

SKU #1315513 96 points James Halliday

 Crackerjack blend of grenache, shiraz and zinfandel. Pure licorice and raspberry, ribbons of spice, charcuterie and dark chocolate. Coffee grounds too perhaps. It takes deliciousness and wraps both arms around it. And yet it's firm with tannin too. A complete package.  (10/2016)

90 points Bob Campbell

 Medium to full red colour with a tinge of purple; the aroma is spicy and sweetly cherry essence-like. Hints of crème de cassis. There is abundant sweet fruit throughout the wine. The tannins are light and soft on the finish. A rich, fruit-driven style, with a high degree of ripeness giving a touch of succulence. (HH)  (10/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (70 percent French and 30 percent American oak, all of it used) Brilliant violet. Ripe cherry, blueberry and peppery spices on the nose; a hint of candied licorice emerges slowly. Juicy and open-knit, showing good depth to the black and blue fruit flavors. A subtle vanilla note appears on the finish, which features harmonious tannins and a hint of smokiness. (JR)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Grenache (57%), Shiraz (39%) & Zinfandel (4%) The addition of Zinfandel to the traditional blend of Grenache and Shiraz is unique to Hentley Farm... With each variety separately crushed, fermented and matured, the Stray Mongrel displays the level of aromatic and flavour complexity you would expect from a blend of such diverse varietals. It is the perfect companion to a variety of culinary delights.Traditional aromatics of Strawberries and Raspberries are joined by alluring aromatics of Rose petal, Turkish delight and an underlying stone fruit lift. Soft even tannin manages to fill every crevice of the palate, providing the framework for a flavour profile of luscious red fruits and a savoury finish.

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By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2017 | Send Email
Another fantastic wine from Hentley Farm the K&L staff was fortunate to taste. This Grenache blend from Barossa Valley is 57% Grenache, 39% Shiraz, and 4% Zinfandel. The nose provides subtle oak notes and slight hints acidity, while the taste brings a balance of bright fruit and tannins mixed with mineral notes on the palate. It's has a great savory taste and certainly a delicious wine for the price!

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Barossa Valley