The Creation Shiraz
MEMBERS CELLAR RELEASE 2019
The Creation concept was to highlight a different example of our vineyards diversity each year.
The brief? Pick something unique that tells both a story of individual terroir and the vintage that was… with a little winemaking flair thrown in for good measure.
96 points - James Halliday Wine Companion
The fruit for this year’s Creation was sourced from J block. Part of the original Otto planting this block is on the eastern side of the creek which opposes the Clos Otto and H Block parcels. Planted in a North-South orientation on heavy loamy clay topsoil over red clay, the soil produces low crops and wine of balance and power.
2014 – Solid rainfall through June and July filled the soil profile thus providing a great start to the growing season. This was followed by an extremely dry and hot spring combined with unusually high winds at flowering. These challenging conditions continued on through summer until the middle of February when a significant rainfall event signalled the end of summer and a return to mild days. This last minute reprieve from the heat was critical for the vintage, resulting in slowed ripening and therefore increased opportunity for flavour development. One of the most unique Barossa vintages in recent history, and in my opinion will prove to be one of Hentley Farm’s best. Winemaker – Andrew Quin
The fruit was crushed and destemmed prior to fermentation, during which 2-3 pump overs a day were used to ensure the wine achieved a full tannin structure. After 10 days on skins the wine was basket pressed with free run and pressings separated. The pressings fraction was then racked off lees and returned to oak to mature for a total of 22 months and used as a stand-alone wine. No fining or filtration were used in the production of this wine. – Winemaker, Andrew Quin
Analysis: Alcohol 15.0% Acid 6.9 pH 3.52 Sugar Dry <1.0
Aromatics of Quince paste, bright red fruits and sweet spices of nutmeg and cinnamon provide a rich and attractive nose. The winemaking flair that separates this wine from others in the Hentley Farm range is the use of ‘pressings’ wine and this is evident on the palate with grippy tannins filling every potential hole in the palate and providing the palate weight and richness you would expect from this winemaking style. The surprise comes from the flavour profile where this tannin framework is supported by a freshness and vibrancy with bright red fruits and an almost confected burst in the middle.