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Hentley Farm

Corner Gerald Roberts Road and Jenke Road, Seppeltsfield
Tel: +61 8 8562 8427 Fax: +61 8 8562 8037
Cellar Door Open Daily 10 am – 5pm

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Australia's Best Winery - Hentley Farm, Winery of the Year 

James Halliday, Australia's most famous and respected wine critics has announced Hentley Farm Winery of the Year at the 2015 Australian Wine Companion Awards. Nineteen of the Hentley Farm wines received 94 points or higher including five at 97 points and two 98 points.

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2009 The Creation Shiraz - 98 points
2012 H Block Shiraz Cabernet - 98 points
2012 The Beauty Shiraz - 97 points
2012 The Creation Shiraz - 97 points
2012 Clos Otto Shiraz - 97 points
2009 The Beast Shiraz - 97 points
2012 von Kasper Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 points
2012 The Beast Shiraz - 96 points
2009 The Beauty Shiraz - 96 points
2012 Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet - 96 points
2012 Hentley Farm Shiraz - 95 points
2012 Hentley Farm Grenache - 95 points
2013 Quatro Fortified - 95 points
2013 Premiere Shiraz - 94 points
2011 Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet - 94 points
2013 The Stray Mongrel - 94 points
2013 Hentley Farm Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 points
2010 Black Beauty Shiraz - 94 points
2013 The Noble Exception Botrytis Riesling - 94 points

- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition

2013 Hentley Farm Viognier - 93 points
2013 Hentley Farm Shiraz - 93 points
2013 Hentley Farm Riesling - 93 points
2012 The Caretaker Shiraz - 92 points
2012 The Marl Shiraz - 92 points
2013 The Marl Grenache - 92 points
2012 The Marl Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 points
2013 Premiere Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 points

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Website

Hentley Farm wins Best Restaurant of the Year in the Advertiser 2013 Food Awards

Hentley Farm is thrilled to announce that it was unanimously voted by the Advertiser food writers as South Australia's Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Regional Restaurant in the Advertiser 2013 Food Awards. The judges hailed chef Lachlan Colwill's "ambitious, sophisticated menus that meld surprise with a delicious sense of place" and named it 'Vittoria Restaurant of the Year because it provides an adventure in a complete and memorable dining experience."

- The Advertiser, October 29 2013

Hentley Farm was also awarded the honour of four forks in The Advertiser Food Guide 2014. Only one other restaurant has been awarded this status in the last two years.

Congratulations must once again go to our fabulous head chef Lachlan and his hard working team.  

The Stray Mongrel - Wins Most Outstanding Red Wine at Barossa Wine Show 2013

Hentley Farms unique 2012 "The Stray Mongrel" Grenache Shiraz Zinfandel blend took out the coveted Rob Schubert Trophy for the Most Outstanding Barossa Red Table Wine 2013 (Best Red of Show) at the annual Barossa Wine Show Awards. The Stray Mongrel also won the Best Grenache Dominant Blend trophy to round off a successful night for Andrew Quin and his team.

Top 10 Finalist for Young Winemaker of the Year

Hentley Farm's winemaker extraordinaire Andrew Quin has been listed as a top 10 finalist for the Wine Society's Young Winemaker of the Year 2013 to be announced in November.

Hentley Farm Wins Best New Restaurant 

We are pleased to announce Hentley Farm Restaurant has taken out this years award for Best New Restaurant at the coveted SA Retaurant & Catering Awards 2013. Congratulations must go to the whole kitchen and front of house team, it's nice to see their tireless efforts aren't going unnoticed.

A huge thank you must also go out to our Hentley Farm members, friends, family and those who have dined in the restaurant over the past 15 months. Your constant support and endorsement is much appreciated. 

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Sophisticated Traveller 2013 Bucket List

Hentley Farm Restaurant has been rated as one of the world's 10 Great Experiences for Foodies! It was recently listed on the Australian Financial Review's, Sophisticated Traveller 2013 Bucket List.

"Hentley Farm in the Barossa Valley is popping up on foodie radars. The multicourse Discovery menu ($210 a head when paired with wines) is worth it - as long as you have a lazy few hours to spare. Don't neglect to try Hentley's Beast Shiraz- if for the name alone"

- Australian Financial Review, The Sophisticated Traveller, Autumn 2013 

Australia's Best Shiraz Cabernet

Hentley Farm 2010 The Creation Shiraz Cabernet was awarded in The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald 2013 Good Wine Guide, the esteemed number one position as Australia's Best Shiraz Cabernet Blend for 2012.

"The Barossa Valley really does this style well and here's a wine from a producer that is making a serious play into the top ranks of quality across many styles. The power and its sheer luxurious flesh and texture in this wine is entrancing" Nick Stock.


Hentley Farm Wins Barossa's Best Cellar Door and Best Cellar Door Host 2012



The Cellar Circle Service Excellence Awards acknowledges the exceptional standard of customer service offered throughout the region. It is judged by a select panel of peers from neighbouring Clare Valley, who make many anonymous visits. Hentley Farm was thrilled to take out the top 2 awards for the night, as not only did our fantastic team win the Best Cellar Door but our very own Rachel Dunning was awarded the Best Cellar Door Host for the Barossa. Well done Team!


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Hentley Farm triumphs again at Australia’s only sub-regional wine show


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Winemaker Andrew Quin & Vineyard Manager Greg Mader with the 'Best Wine of Show' barrel


Australia’s only sub-regional wine show, the Marananga wine show, took place for the ninth time in the Barossa Valley this weekend.


Steve Pannell chaired the judging panel through a tasting of over 120 entries from small growers and hobbyists, right through to established and well known wineries.


And it was the single-estate vineyard, Hentley Farm, which came up trumps again on the back of last years 5 trophy haul. This year the boutique winery, with its follow up vintages won 5 of the 12 trophies awarded, including best wine of show and best young Shiraz for its 2010 Hentley Farm Shiraz, and best exhibitor of show. It also took out best Grenache or Grenache dominant blend with ‘The 2011 Stray Mongrel’ GSZ and best Cabernet with the 2011 Bloodline.


Other winners on the night included Whislter, Rolf Binder at Veritas, Seppeltsfield, Milhinch, Balthazar, Tscharke and Kalleske  who also took out the ‘People’s Choice’ trophy voted for by the public.


All entries came from the iconic Western Barossa sub-region, which lies to the Western side of the  Para river and South of Moppa  road in the Barossa Valley and is home to well-known and acclaimed wineries including Torbreck, Two Hands, Greenock Creek, Hentley Farm, Kalleske, Seppeltsfield, Tscharke, Whistler, Murray Street, Barossa Valley Estate and Rolf Binder. So while the show complies with the National Wine Show standards, it avoids the criticism often levelled at larger wine shows that it is unrealistic and unproductive to compare wines that are completely different in style and come from regions with totally different climates.


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Fine fare on the farm

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Photo: Julie-Anne Sprague

There's a new kid on Barossa's dining block that has cellar door staff across the region buzzin.


"If you have an afternoon to spare you have to go to Hentley Farm's new restaurant," says the vino-loving team dispensing the latest batches to come off the acclaimed Henschke vineyards.


It seems I'm not the only one convinced by the sincerity of the locals.


As I sit down with my designated driver and long-term dining companion (occasionally called my man-friend) another couple enter the restaurant after a recommendation by cellar door staff at Two Hands Wines.


The couple don't stay but re-book for the following day when they learn that Hentley Farm is all about sitting back for a lazy afternoon of grazing on the kitchen's efforts.


Forget about getting in and out within an hour or so after having an entree of scallops and a hearty ragout pasta for mains.


This restaurant is serious business and even though it offers a cut down du jour menu - four courses rather than eight - it still requires a couple of hours to work through pairings of back vintage single vineyard wines with clever food.



Vintage 2012



A slightly warmer spring and cool, mild summer set the scene for high expectations for vintage our 2012 at Hentley Farm. The 2012 vintage saw a return to traditional Barossa growing conditions with minimal rainfall, even warm temperatures and sunlight exposure resulting in consistent sugar and flavour development in the berry.


After 2011’s wet vintage, the predicted weakening of the La Nina weather pattern was a blessing in regards to viticultural management with only 8 days of rainfall recorded in the harvest period with most only 3mm or less.


The slightly warmer spring growing season plus the full profile of moisture in the soil allowed the vines to have healthy and lush canopies. Budburst was also 3 weeks earlier than LTA (Long Term Average). We had a very cool summer with only 11 days above 350C and had only one period of extended heat. This was from the 31st December through to the 3rd January. The only negative impact on this period was on our newly planted Viognier which set them back a little with some leaf scorching.


An organic approach with our fungicide program was undertaken and we achieved a disease free vineyard with just copper and sulphur applications. All soil inputs were also organic with just some kelp and fish emulsions used for nutrition during the growing season.


Harvest at Hentley Farm was completed in 6 weeks (17th February to the 29th March). This was significantly earlier than the past few vintages and quite compact with all varieties coming to maturity throughout this period.


Yields were significantly lower than long term average but the cooler summer allowed early flavour development and varietal definition. At this early stage in development the wines are combining rich/intense fruit with an unprecedented elegance and balance. If you believe that even years are the best, then this vintage will only strengthen that theory!


March 2012

We're out of Zinfandel 2010! The 2011 will be ready for release likely in April - so stay tuned and be sure to sign up to our loyalty program if you would like to be informed about all of our wine releases. The 2011 vintage was a tough one, and as a result we only have around half the normal amount of Zinfandel - so for all you Zin lovers you had best get in quick when we release it!


February 2012

We have an open date! The restaurant will be opening its doors from Thursday 3 May 2012, for lunches Thursday - Sunday and dinners Saturday. For more restaurant details click here.


Vintage 2011

HF-50 There has been a lot said about the 2011 vintage in South Australia, but here goes our perspective on the year that was - straight from the mouths of founder Keith Hentschke, vineyard manager Greg Mader and winemaker Andrew Quin:

"Having been in the industry for about 20 years this is the toughest vintage I have ever seen particularly in relation to disease risk. With the great decisions by Andrew & Greg, a resilient vineyard and hard work from the team we have come through with flying colours and we have one of our best vintages ever in barrel. With a tough year like this our single vineyard model of a great vineyard managed with great vineyard and winemaking skill has proven itself again." - Keith Hentschke, founder


Barossa Vintage Festival wrap up - thank you!

Finally, we want to wrap up by thanking all of our members who came to visit us, and all our new members who we met during Barossa Vintage Festival which took place between 23 April and 1 May this year. It was a crazy, busy, fun, challenging, exciting and memorable 10 days at Hentley Farm. We had more cellar door guests than ever before, who we treated to masterclasses, vineyard tours, and dinners every night in our newly restored barn. We enjoyed it so much, and hope that you did as well. And we look forward to seeing you again at the next festival in 2013!


What's happening at Hentley Farm - February 2011

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Clos Otto, Beast & Beauty: the top 3 Aussie wines in Spectator

In some extremely exciting news for us here at Hentley Farm, our three luxury wines, The Beauty, The Beast and the Clos Otto Shiraz, were recently rated the three highest scoring Australian wines in Wine Spectator's 'Insider' newsletter. The Clos Otto scored a huge 95 points from Spectator's influential wine critic Harvey Steinman, and both The Beast and The Beauty scored an impressive 93 points. The full article is attached to this email for those that would like to view the comments.

These fantastic results were then followed up by Lisa Perotti-Brown for the Wine Advocate (who is well-known for not giving points away easily) scoring both our Clos Otto 2008 and The Beast 2008 an outstanding 94 points. These results secure our wines' place among the best in the world, and validate our customers' belief in the exceptional quality of the wines we produce here at Hentley Farm. If you need to stock up, you can order online or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Cellar door named in top 5 of SA

In other news, we were delighted to have our cellar door featured as one of 'Five of the Best' cellar doors in South Australia in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, with the writer commenting "a memorable cellar door, chatty staff and a brace of fantastic wines. Hentley Farm ticks all these boxes". If you haven't yet been to visit us, please do! We would love to see you in our beautiful little cottage surrounded by vines - which are looking stunning at the moment. And if you have been before - you'll know that it's well worth coming back again soon!