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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2008
Henry's Drive Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 122750)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With aromas of plums, rhubarb and ripe blackcurrant on the nose along with chocolate, cinnamon spice, hints of anise and earthy notes this is a complex and intriguing wine. Dark berry fruit is the dominant character on the front palate, and it is dense and brooding through the mid palate. With time in the glass the wine develops more complexity with mocha notes, toasted sweet spices along with hints of white pepper. It is a full, round and powerful wine and finishes with fine silky tannins.
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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.