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Matt Dunne – Luxury Collection Review – WinePilot.Com

Posted 16 October, 2020

Hentley Farm has had the privilege of having the 2020 release of the Luxury Collection wines reviewed by Matt Dunne for the WinePilot.Com.

2018 ‘von Kasper’ Cabernet Sauvignon
94 Points

Excited to see where this can go and for cabernet to stamp its own unique personality in a region where it is often overlooked by shiraz. Bright aromatics jump out of the glass – blackcurrant jam, earth and black pepper. Palate is firm and high-toned with black olive tapenade, black plum and a lick of blue fruit (blueberry pie) and some aromatic herbs rounding out the super-fine, energetic palate. Will age a treat!

2018 ‘The Beauty’ Shiraz
94 Points

Pretty on the nose, rose hip and violets meet dark black plum. Fermentation with wet viognier skins adds another layer of interest. Distinctive mouthfeel and restrained ripeness here, palate is energetic with forest floor and earth and some soft, grippy tannins that are long and refined, adding an extra savoury complexity to the finish. Nice drive and length, a wine of intrigue that will lure you in.
93 Points
True to its name – brooding nose of black olive, blood plum and a palate laden with boysenberries, cracked black pepper and a hint of spicy oak. Round yet refined, would definitely appeal to the old-school Barossa drinker, but also appeal to the more modern Barossa fan with its medium weight but pronounced intensity of flavour.

93 Points

Grenache with personality! With some extended maceration for 45 days and 35% whole bunch, this wine has solid framework, approachable now but built for the long-haul. The fruit is from three parcels of individually treated grenache. Super floral with dried rose petals and lavender. Palate is medium weight with milk chocolate, wild plum, kirsh and some spicy oak toastiness. Terrific wine with a bright future!

92 Points

Excited that the Barossa continues to champion this iconic Aussie blend. Boysenberry, liquorice stick with a minor amount of warmth. Fine tannins and earthy core but underlying fresh acidity and whack of grippy tannin to give some grunt and precision on the back palate. Definitely worthy of a decant and or a big glass, and matched with a juicy fillet steak!

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We thank you Matt.