The Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 vintage
93 James Halliday



Hentley Farm Wines single estate example of the quintessential Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet.

The Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes


Various: 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: Rain event in early February | Dry thereafter

Temperature: Mild Summer temperatures

Upshot: Delayed harvest | Outstanding flavour development | High natural acidity | Wines of poise and balance


Fermentation: De-stemmed | 2-3 pump overs per day | On skins for 45 days | Basket pressed

Oak: French: 35% new, 65% seasoned | Natural malolactic fermentation | 20 months maturation

Tech. Analysis: Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.58 | Acid: 7.0g/L | RS: <1.0g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 15th March–23rd March 2017 | Bottled: December 2018 | Released: October 2019 | Enjoy: Now to 2037


Profile: Blueberry | Liquorice | Mushroom | Graphite

Texture: Soft and even tannins | Outstanding length | Balanced oak

Animal: Dingo
Vehicle: Holden Monaro
Musical: Baritone Saxophone