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Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz 2009


The Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz 2009 is sourced from a single vineyard of exceptional quality. It is a complex wine that changes and evolves with time in the glass, exhibiting perfumed aromas of thyme and lavender along with spearmint, tea leaves and dark berries. The palate is rich and layered with blackberries, earthiness, toasted spices, hints of smoke and fresh mint. A complex and well structured wine, with a full, lush finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The fruit for this wine is sourced exclusively from a single family vineyard in Padthaway. The vines are grown on a gentle, limestone slope in deep, sandy soil with patches of red loam throughout. The vines are double planted with two vines beside each other, the trunks lightly twisted together and then trained in opposite directions along the wire. The terroir is influenced by huge, old red gum eucalyptus trees nearby. The grapes are harvested when the flavor is ripest. The wine is fermented on skins for five to seven days, with the final stages completed in barrel to impart integrated oak and soft, approachable tannins. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and is matured for a period of 20 months in oak hogsheads and barriques that are a mixture of old and new French and American oak.

Serving Hints
This wine is ideally served at room temperature and goes well with gamey dishes, such as duck, goose or venison.

PRODUCER: Henry’s Drive Vignerons
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: Padthaway
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Shiraz
pH: 3.41

Press Highlights

2009: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb 2014
2009: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2014
2009: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, Apr. 2011

2008: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec. 2010
2008: 93 Pts “Cellar Selection” - Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 2012

2008: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #192, Dec. 2010

2008: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, April 30, 2011

2007: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate #186, Dec 2009

2007: 91 Pts “Daily Wine Pick” - Wine Spectator, Feb 2010
2006: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, Sept 2009

2006: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2009

2006: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Feb 2009

2005: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Oct 2007

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