2016 Hentley Farm Shiraz Barossa Valley (Previously $25)

SKU #1375069 95 points James Halliday

 There's no magic in this wine other than the very high quality of the grapes (and the low price). The colour is typical Hentley Farm, deep, but with a vivid crimson-purple rim; the expressive black fruits bouquet and the medium to full-bodied, richly textured palate following the same path. The blackberry essence flavours are intense and luscious, bright and fresh.  (8/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and hints of licorice follow through to a full body, with very fine tannins and a soft finish. There is freshness at the end too. Drink now. Drink-me style. Screw cap.  (7/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Polished and generous, with flavors of dark chocolate and date bread and notes of dried violet, cumin and tobacco. Shows vibrancy at the core, fleshy tannins and a spicy chai tea accent on the finish that lingers effortlessly. Drink through 2028. (MW)  (6/2018)


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
Textbook to a tee, this is Shiraz that shows dark fruits and melted tar aromas, leading to a wonderful palate with loads of blue and purple skinned fruit flavors. I agree with all the critics' assessments of this wine; it's representative of a top quality Barossa Shiraz, but at a much more affordable price.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2018 | Send Email
Those who assume Barossa Shiraz is always fat, ripe, and high alcohol have yet to taste this gorgeous example from Hentley Farm. This wine is medium-bodied and extremely fresh and vibrant. Very juicy, bright red and blue fruits dominate and there is a great acid line running through the middle. Hentley Farm pulls only from their own estate, to ensure the fruit coming into the winery is of the highest quality from the start, and gently handled. The fine tannin structure is a result of this delicate touch and impeccable, lively flavors are present thank to no fining or filtering of this wine. This is definitely one I'm excited about as I drink more reds heading into Fall.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15