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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2003
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 79044)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 Shiraz is a full-bodied, opulently-styled red that smells of creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoky meats, espresso roast, jammy black fruits, licorice, earth, and toasty new oak. It should evolve nicely for a decade or more. Full-throttle Shiraz are fashioned by winemaker Kim Johnston from vineyards owned by the Longbottom family. This is an unabashed, flamboyant, Aussie wine that is loaded with fruit, fragrance, glycerin, and intensity. This is the type of wine that Eurocentric wine tasters and condescending elitists tend to dismiss, but it is a fascinating effort the likes of which are made nowhere else in the world. There is certainly no shortage of flavor, and if you like your wines exuberant, flamboyant, and over-sized, this wine fills the tab, and then some.
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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.