Good evening there my fellow wine lovers. I am back once again after having a break from posting latest reviews. However, it has been time well spent as I have been around a few wineries in this great state wrapping my taste buds all over some fantastic wines from the most recent vintages. I look forward to bringing you many more reviews in the near future. For my lack of reviews, tonight I am not giving you just one, but two reviews. Rejoice!
So tonight under my microscope I have two Shiraz’s from the Barossa valley made by the same winery, but displaying two very different styles of wine making to come around to each final product. So let’s move right on and have a look at both these wines tonight.
|Wine||Hentley Farm “The Beauty”||Hentley Farm “The Beast”|
|Variety||Shiraz 97% Viognier 3%||Shiraz 100%|
|Region||Barossa Valley||Barossa Valley|
|Maturation||18 months in 40% New and Old French Oak
|22 months in 60% New and Old French Oak|
|Geographic Information||Low ground, surrounded by big gum trees that retain the cool morning air creating a barrier on the Western slopes.||Red Clay loam topsoil over clay and bluestone. Long, even sunlight exposure on an elevated site with low yield, create grapes with intense flavour.|
|Harvest||February 10th the March 6th 2014||9th March 2014|
|Wine Maker||Andrew Quinn||Andrew Quinn|
|Colour||Deep Crimson Purple||Deep Crimson|
|Aroma||Quince paste, plum, peach and jasmine flowers. Nuances of black pepper and supple oak spices.||Barbequed meats, charcoal, burnt fig, liquorice roots, blood orange, leather.|
|Palate||Medium/Full bodied. Soft and delicate tannin, the wine is well poised. Red Cherry and plum work around to a squirt of passionfruit which tries to bully its way in. The wine is soft delicate and quite feminine in nature. It resembles its name. The Viognier brings around a soft texture and the acid balance creates a well-rounded finish.||Full bodied, an absolute brute of a wine. Deep plum and liquorice flavour. It then carries the characteristics you find in fortified wines. We start gaining more traction with flavours of raisins and roasted almonds. The tannins are quite grippy, and dusty. And you once again gain a flavour of charcoal and bitumen. However, these add more feeling behind the wine and the name it is given. The finish displays the power of the oak used and succumbs to dark chocolate and vanilla bean.|
|Personal Thoughts||A brilliant and delicate Shiraz. It has power, but it is poised and delicate and feels that it was handled with care. Acid and tannin balance are spot on and this is a Shiraz that would suit many a Palate and showcases the softer side of this variety with a touch of Viognier added. It has worked perfectly at rounding off the rough edges of the wine. Creating a wine that is quite sophisticated floral and most of all feminine in nature.||An absolute brute of a wine. I have not come across many Shiraz’s quite as striking and upfront as this one. It commands respect. And as the name “The Beast” suggests, it also commands your time and patience. Another 7 years spent in the bottle and this wine will be looking very good indeed. As the saying goes; “let sleeping giants lay.”
This is definitely one of those.
This is one very special Shiraz that any mad lover of the Variety must invest in.
|Drink||Now to 2026||2022 to 2046|
The SA Wine Guy