The 2019 Henry’s Drive Shiraz has a dark garnet color and a beautiful bouquet of violets and mulberries. The palate is bright, rich, and balanced, with flavors of blackberries, plum and dark chocolate. The wine flows easily across the palate with fine, firm tannins drawing out the long finish.
The Shiraz was sourced from four different blocks in McLaren Vale, from the Wilunga Hills in the south to Clarendon in the north and two blocks in the heart of the Vale.
Soils are predominantly red clay loam mottled with varying levels of quartz, slate and ironstone fragments. These four blocks were harvested over a two-week period starting in early March, with each component kept separate throughout the maturation period until blending.
Matured for 19 months in French puncheons and hogsheads, of which 15% was new and the balance two- to-five years old. The lion’s share of the blend came from the three southern blocks with the addition of 8.5% from the highest altitude Clarendon block, giving the wine lift and subtle complexity. This wine was drawn off as the base of the Henry’s Drive Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend.
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