The fruit for this Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz is sourced exclusively from a single family vineyard in Padthaway.
The colour is opaque red with a purple hue. The complex nose displays an abundance of violets, rose perfumed talc and dark cocoa. Lively aromas of mint and eucalyptus fill the headspace. These aromas all evolve in the glass over time continuing to stimulate and impress. The powerful palate from the start hits with luscious sweet blackcurrant fruit, leading into the tight elegant structure which enfolds creamy and toasty layers. The long chewy tannins vie with the flavours of caramel, mocha and wood fired oven bread. This unique Shiraz is a stunning and superbly balanced wine.
The wine is barrel-fermented and matured in oak hogsheads and barriques. The breakdown is as follow - 65% American, 35% French, 80% new & 20% one-year old oak.
Exel note: This is a big New World Shiraz with 15 years on the clock. We have recently (6.3.18) tested it for quality and it remains excellent: the eucalyptus aromas and vanilla flavours are powerful, fruit flavours are still dominant and age/tertiary flavours are clear but not overbearing; in short, the tannins have preserved this wine well. It is for drinking witin the next year but is an excellent aged Shiraz, especially at the price.