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Henry's Drive Shiraz Cabernet 2019


The 2019 Henry’s Drive Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon has an attractive bouquet of ripe mulberry, mint and nutmeg. The palate is beautifully balanced with firm tannins and flavors of blackberry, cedar and cacao.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes

The Shiraz was sourced from four blocks in McLaren Vale, from the Willunga 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. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a 65-year-old block on the western outskirts of Willunga, planted on both red/brown clay/loam and a small section of Biscay. The Shiraz blocks were harvested over a two-week period from early to mid- March, while the Cabernet was picked on a single night in mid-March. With an average time "on skins“ of 16 days, all parcels were kept separate from picking to blending. Matured for 19 months in French puncheons and hogsheads, of which 15% were new and the balance two- to-five years old.

Interesting Facts
During the 19th century establishment of the farming and wine industries of South Australia, only horse drawn coaches provided the transit of mail and passengers. The coach drivers reigned supreme on top of their coaches and won the respect and admiration of their passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a certain Mr. Henry John Hill. His operation drove directly through a property, owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry’s Drive.

Serving Hints
This wine is ideally served at room temperature with herb-crusted rack of lamb or veal scaloppine.

Producer: Vintage Longbottom
Region: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Wine Composition: 67.5% Shiraz, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.8%
Total Acidity: 6.5 G/L
Residual Sugar: 1.1 G/L

Press Highlights

2021: 92 Pts - Tasting Panel, Jan 2024
2020: 94 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2022
2020: 93 Pts - Vinous, Sept 2022
2020: 92 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb 2022
2020: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, May 2022
2019: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2021
2019: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, July 2021
2017: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate, June 2019
2017: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Aug. 2019
2017: ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2019
2013: 93 Pts - Wine Spectator, Apr 2017
2013: 92 Pts - Vinous, Oct 2017
2013: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
2013: 92 Pts - James Halliday Wine Companion, Aug 2017

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