The Stray Mongrel GSZ

2011 vintage

2021 Cellar Release

The addition of Zinfandel to the traditional blend of Grenache and Shiraz is unique to Hentley Farm... With each variety separately crushed, fermented and matured, the Stray Mongrel displays the level of aromatic and flavour complexity you would expect from a blend of such diverse varietals. It is the perfect companion to a variety of culinary delights.

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


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Trophy - Best Grenache Dominant Wine of Show – 2012 Marananga Wine Show


C-Block: Very shallow red clay loam overlying shattered limestone | North-south oriented rows | Elevated eastern aspect
Upshot: Reduced natural vine vigour | Intense and vibrant flavour profile


Rainfall: Dry winter | Wet early spring | Very wet December
Temperature: Below average temperatures from late spring to early summer
Upshot: Slow ripening conditions | Expected late harvest dates

Rainfall: Dry January | Multiple rain events in February and March
Temperature: Warm January | Cool remainder
Upshot: Delayed harvest | Grape acid retention | Slow sugar ripening | Resultant wines of elegance and spice


Fermentation: De-stemmed | Extended skin maceration of Shiraz and Grenache (40 days) | 50% Zinfandel rack-dried
Oak: French and American – 5% new, 95% seasoned | Natural malolactic fermentation | 10 months maturation
Technical Analysis: Alcohol – 15% | pH – 3.6 | Acid – 5.5g/L | RS – <1 g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 28th and 31st March, 18th April 2011 | Bottled: February 2012 | Re-released: August 2021


Profile: Raspberry | White Pepper | Peppercorn | Herb
Texture: Soft and even tannins | Highly complex | Light to medium bodied

Animal – Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Vehicle – Toyota Hilux
Musical – Snare Drum