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
Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
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.
Wine EnthusiastAlthough this starts off showing loads of vanilla and bright, boysenberry-like fruit, this is not a simple fruity concoction; there’s some elegance here, and some savory notes of coffee and roasted meat, as well. Drink the rich, full-bodied Shiraz over the next few years.
Australian Wine CompanionDeep, dense purple-crimson; a blend of Padthaway/McLaren Vale shiraz; the components come together well, Padthaway providing fragrance and red berry fruits, McLaren Vale black fruits and its seemingly inevitable bitter chocolate. Drink to 2018
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.Like 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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