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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz 2008
Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 115894)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Padthaway/ McLaren Vale blend of Shiraz offers a lovely toasted spice lift mixed with plums and red berry fruit, along with background hints fresh floral and spearmint characters.

On the plate, juicy McLaren Vale berry and plum fruit are initially present, the wine is dense and hints of leather and complimentary toasted spicy notes. The characters of the Padthaway components shine in the mid pal-ate with lively spearmint and lavender that freshen and add length to the wine. The Dead Letter Office has ripe, yet fine, soft tannins - is round and mouth filling, with fresh acidity.

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About Henry's Drive:

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.