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Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The family Hentschke have been Barossa farming since 1842, they know from good soils and settle on nothing but the finest land. Keith Hentschke chose a special site along Greenock Creek, at the intersection of Gerald Roberts and Jenke Roads, in the ancient winegrowing hamlet of Seppeltsfield to plant vines in the early 1990s. They now yield vintages of the most amazing concentration, saturated with the essence of grand Barossa Shiraz, a remarkable intensity of chewy bramble berry flavours, heady jube perfumes and soft, savoury chamois tannins.
The fortuitous soils at Hentley Farm are predominately red clay loam over shattered limestone, salt and pepper siltstone over a layer of bluestones at greater depth. All vines are dry grown on their own roots, with an emphasis on keeping the vine and earth in a natural state of balance with minimal interference. Shiraz is crushed and destemmed, pumped over two or three times daily for optimal extraction. Batches may spend up to several weeks vinification on skins before pressing and settling. Ferments and malolactic are completed in a selection of seasoned amd new French oak barrels, followed by ten months maturation and the final assemblage, unfiltered and unfined. Alcohol 14.8%
Deep dark scarlet red. Lifted nose of black currants and dark cherry, raspberry notes, satsuma plum and black olive. The palate is layered with Barossa richness over a length of soft succulent tannins, supported by dark fruits and balanced acidity. Lingering cherry and licorice add complexity, the balance of fruit intensity and oak through the back deliver a Shiraz of remarkable length.