The Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 vintage

2020 Cellar Release

This is a single vineyard example of the quintessential Australian blend of shiraz and cabernet. The 2010 Creation was the first opportunity to create this blend at Hentley Farm and the subsequent success of this wine indicated it should become a regular in our premium range, thus the Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet was born.

Shiraz 60% Cabernet 40%

(Due to volume scarcity, a 6 bottle limit applies)



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James Halliday Wine Companion – 97 points


Four individual estate blocks: Red clay loam topsoil at varying depth | Shattered limestone, salt and pepper siltstone, and bluestone subsoils | North-south and east-west row orientations | Varied micro-climates, elevation, and aspect
Upshot: Complexity | Consistency | Intense flavours | Vibrant colours


Rainfall: Wet winter | Very dry spring and early summer
Temperature: Cool early summer conditions
Upshot: Early budburst and flowering | No disease pressure | Earlier expected harvest dates

Rainfall: Mid-January rain event | Dry otherwise
Temperature: Warm days and cool nights
Upshot: Fast late ripening conditions | High natural acid | Rich flavours and vibrant fruit


Fermentation: De-stemmed | 2-3 pump overs per day | On skins for 50 days | Basket pressed
Oak: French – 35% new – 65% old | Natural malolactic fermentation | 20 months maturation
Technical Analysis: Alcohol – 14.5% | pH – 3.58 | Acid – 7.0g/L | RS – <1.0g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 11th – 20th February 2015 | Bottled: December 2016 | Re-released: September 2020


Profile: Blueberry | Plum | Charred meat | Earth | Nutmeg
Texture: Soft and even tannins | Outstanding length | Sweet and savoury balance

Animal – Dingo
Vehicle – Holden Monaro
Musical – Baritone Saxophone