The Stray Grenache Shiraz

2020 vintage

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 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.

$32.50

Vineyard

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

Vintage

Pre-vintage
Rainfall: Average Winter rainfall | Dry conditions from spring through to summer
Temperature: High winds at flowering | Hot late spring and early summer leading to average summer temperatures
Upshot: Inconsistent flowering and fruit set | Low crops

Vintage
Rainfall: Early February rain event | Dry otherwise
Temperature: Warm days and cool nights
Upshot: Consistent ripening conditions | Perfect extended flavour development | High natural acid | Intense flavours and vibrancy of fruit

Winemaking

Fermentation: 90% De-stemmed | 40% extended skin maceration for 60 days | 10% whole bunch fermentation
Oak: Seasoned | Natural malolactic fermentation | 9 months maturation
Technical Analysis: Alcohol – 14.5% | pH – 3.56 | Acid – 6.0g/L | RS – <1 g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 8th – 24th March 2020 | Bottled: December 2020 | Released: November 2021

 

Profile

Sensorial
Profile: Raspberry | Toffee apple | Rose petal | Clove | Sage
Texture: Savoury tannins | Complex yet balanced | Medium bodied

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