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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz 2006
Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 99281)

PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Reserve Shiraz, made exclusively with fruit from an exceptional single 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.

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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.