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.
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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... more
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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... more
The 2008 Parson's Flat has a fragrant cigar box aroma with
complex brambly fruit characters as well as hints of anise. The
palate starts with ripe blackberry fruit and dark chocolate,
developing more savory characters in the mid-palate with dried
herbs, forest floor and cedar, toasty oak. The... more
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... more
The 2007 Parson's Flat is a fragrant wine showing cherry and brambly fruit on the nose, mixed with Asian spices, dried herbs and background fennel characters. The palate starts with ripe blackcurrant fruit and has a fleshy and round palate from the Shiraz component. The Cabernet Sauvignon infuses... more
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... more
This McLaren Vale/Padthaway blend of Shiraz offers a lovely red and blueberry fruit aroma lift, with complex characters of red liquorice, cinnamon and vanilla spice and hints of brioche savouriness.
The palate starts with lots of juicy McLaren Vale upfront berry and redcurrant fruit and is quite... more
The Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard of exceptional quality. It is a complex wine and exhibits characters of blackberry, Turkish delight and red currant along with spearmint, lifted dark toasted spices and hints of aniseed. The palate has great fruit weight with... more
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... more
100% Shiraz sourced exclusively and blended from several blocks in the family vineyards, surround by Eucalyptus trees, in Padthaway. The vines are on average 13 years old, and grow in sandy loam over limestone on the hillside and in red loamy soil over limestone on the flat. The wine is barrel... more
The third vintage of the Dead Letter Office Shiraz is deep crimson red color. Juicy rich aromas immediately strike the nose with a
wide spectrum of fruits including raspberries, cherry and plum intermingle with milk chocolate, vanilla bean and roasted coffee.
Evidence of the multi-regional blend... more