Henry's Drive Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
100% Shiraz sourced exclusively and blended from several blocks in the family vineyards, surround by Eucalyptus trees, in Padthaway. The vines are on average 13 years old, and grow in sandy loam over limestone on the hillside and in red loamy soil over limestone on the flat. The wine is barrel fermented and matured in oak hogsheads and barriques.
The 2006 has a vibrant deep red color, tinged with purple. The nose displays a lively assortment of mulberries, boysenberries and plums with layers of dark chocolate, toasty oak and typical Padthaway menthol. The flavors on the palate are fleshy and mouth filling with conserve-like ripe berry fruit. A minerally tone on the mid palate is complemented by soft, velvety tannins. This wine is robust and has great depth, yet elegant and completely balanced. It is well structured all the way to the luscious, creamy finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "A suggestion of mint complements the ample levels of black fruit; medium-bodied and quite plush on the finish. "
Wine Spectator - "Big, smooth and round, with a distinct minty note capping a mountain of ripe blackberry, prune and charred oak flavors that mingle on the forceful finish. Drink now through 2016. 10,000 cases made."
Henry's Drive Winery
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation 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.
Third generation pastoralists Mark and Kim Longbottom are forging a new family tradition of fine winemaking with brands such as Henry's Drive, Parson's Flat, Dead Letter Office and Pillar Box. View all Henry's Drive Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviews55/25/2011
This is a great aussie wine, one of the best. Deep purple and lovely to drink. You wont be disapointed.Ramin Cherafat - Shawnee Mission, KS42/24/201142/12/2011Took this to a gathering and I had never tried it. It was a smash hit! Full bodied red, nice and smooth. Would recommend and you can't beat the price.Jack Anderson - Hartford, CT32/10/2011Henry's Drive is a good winery! The market is flooded with extracted, fruit driven Aussie reds. This one emerges with more finesse!
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