The Stray Grenache Shiraz

2021 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.

$34.50

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 | Above average Spring rainfall
Temperature: Warm Spring to early Summer | No extreme heat events
Upshot: Consistent flowering and fruit set | Healthy leaf/canopies | Controlled development

Vintage
Rainfall: Dry Summer and Autumn
Temperature: Below average daytime temperatures | Cool nights
Upshot: Consistent ripening conditions | Extended even flavour development | High natural acid | Wines of power and elegance

Winemaking

Fermentation: De-stemmed | 60% extended skin maceration for 57 days
Oak: Seasoned| Natural malolactic fermentation | 9 months maturation
Technical Analysis: Alcohol – 14.5% | pH – 3.59 | Acid – 6.2g/L | RS – <1 g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 19th – 29th March 2021 | Bottled: November 2021 | Released: July 2022

Profile

Sensorial
Profile: Forest floor | Toffee apple | Clove | Sage
Texture: Savoury tannin focus | Complex yet balanced | Medium bodied

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