The 2013 Henry’s Drive Shiraz has a beautiful bouquet of blackberry fruit, mocha and freshly ground cinnamon. The palate is beginning to show some lovely mature characters whilst still appearing bright with aniseed and spearmint flavors. The fruit concentration is evident yet the wine flows easily across the palate with fine, firm tannins drawing out the finish.
The fruit sourced for this wine is grown in red loam over limestone in the Henry’s Drive family vineyards in Padthaway. Harvested in mid- March, most of the fruit is initially barrel fermented, then stays in oak to complete malolactic fermentation. It is matured for 15 to 18 months in 80% French and 20% American oak, ranging in age from new to three years old. The finest barrels are hand selected to produce the best possible wine.
2012: 93 Points Gold Medal– James Halliday Wine Companion 2015
2010: 90 Points - Wine Spectator, Aug 2015
2010: 89 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2015
2009: 91+ Points - Wine Advocate #205, Mar. 2013
2008: 92 Points -Wine Advocate #192, Dec. 2010
2008: 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2011
2007: 91 Points - Wine Advocate #186, Dec. 2009
2007: 89 Points - Wine Spectator, Oct. 2009
2006: 90 Points - Wine Spectator, May 2008
2005: 91 Points - Wine Advocate, Oct 2007