Batches of wine were carefully selected from Shiraz blocks within our vineyard to create an estate grown wine that displays the treasured characteristics the property naturally produces in Shiraz: saturated colour, fruit intensity and soft, savoury tannins.
95 points - James Halliday Wine Companion
This wine is a blend of 12 blocks from within our yineyard, all with variances in top soil depth, subsoil type, row orientation, clonal selection and micro-climate. The top soil is predominantly a red clay loam, and the subsoil varies from shattered limesone to salt & pepper siltsone and bluestone at depth. All vines are grown on their own roots.
“Good things come to those who wait”. Nearly everything about the 2018 vintage happened more slowly than usual and we will be rewarded with wines showing a perfect mix of power and elegance. Although we had to wait until July for rains to arrive, the 2017 calendar year rainfall was a once-in-a-30-year event. The long-term weather pattern of two above average rainfall years being followed by a relatively dry year, was seemingly broken, as although we were expecting dryer conditions, we received 120mm above average rainfall, with a total of 599 mm. Beautiful spring conditions saw healthy
canopies of leaf cover across the vineyard enabling the vines to handle the hot summer with 20 days of above 35°c across January and February. After budburst in late September and veraision coming a month late in some cases, the extended ripening period was perfect. Harvest returned to the dates of early the 2000’s, spread over an 8-week period. Slow ripening and harvest has seen the production of wines that show a perfect mix of power and elegance with vibrant colours and powerful fruit.
The fruit was de-stemmed prior to fermentation, during which 2-3 pump overs a day were used to ensure that each wine achieved a full tannin structure. Time on skins ranged from 7-50 days before pressing and settling. The wine completed secondary fermentation in new (10%) & old (85%) French and American oak barrels, before blending in October, a total maturation period of 10 months. No fining or filtration was used in the production of this wine.
Blackberry and liquorice lead the way with dark chocolate and cigar box hiding in the background. Layers of rich fruit are loaded on the front of the palate followed by chocolate and vanilla in the middle. Great tannin structure throughout and the persistence you would expect from the Hentley Farm Estate.