Henry's Drive Dead Letter Office Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
This Padthaway/ McLaren Vale blend of Shiraz is aromatic with fresh dark plum characters and hints of mocha, anise and spearmint on the nose. On the palate, juicy McLaren Vale berry and plum fruit are initially present with hints of black olive. The Padthaway components start to shine in the mid palate, with lively berry characters mixed with floral notes and spearmint. The Dead Letter Office 2009 has ripe, yet fine, soft tannins - is round, fresh and mouth filling.
This wine is ideally served at room temperature with a variety of hearty dishes.
Wine Spectator - "Rich, ripe, aromatically expressive and dark, this turns refreshingly pure and vibrant on the palate, with pretty plum, currant and floral flavors, lingering easily. Shows a hint of licorice on the polished finish."
The Wine Advocate - "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Dead Letter Office Shiraz has a really lovely and expressive nose with black fruits, plums, vanilla and oak with an undercurrent of dark chocolate, warm blueberries and spices. Rich and full-bodied, it offers loads of sweet fruit held in place with a medium level of grainy tannins, a crisp acid frame and a long finish. Drink it now to 2020+.
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.
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
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley and Eden Valley.
About AustraliaLike 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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