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Henry's Drive Magnus Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Padthaway, Limestone Coast, Australia
  • JH95
  • RP91
15% ABV
  • WE94
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Winemaker Notes

A complex and perfumed aroma of earthy herb and floral characters mixed with toasted spice, fresh blackberry and bramble and hints of mint. The palate starts with black and blueberry fruit and dark spice, but also shows more delicate lavender and Turkish Delight characters as the flavors develop. A linear wine, carried by the fine tannins into a lingering finish, and has great complexity- evolving and changing with time in the glass.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Released each year on 27 Feb, the birth date of Kim Longbottom's late husband, the wine always his favourite. At the Limestone Coast Wine Show '13, the wine received the International Judge's Trophy. It is full-bodied, but equally full of vitality, black fruits, red fruits, spice, oak and tannins all contributing to the long, very well balanced, palate. It is still very youthful, and will give pleasure for decades to come. I should add that it carries its alcohol with ease.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Magnus Shiraz sports a youthful nose of blackcurrant cordial, a little smoked meat, blueberries, some toasted cedar and yeast extract notes plus a whiff of cloves. A big wine that shows very taut and muscular at this stage, it has medium-firm, grainy tannins to structure a fantastic core of rich fruit. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2020+.
Rating: 91+
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Henry's Drive

Henry's Drive

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Henry's Drive, Padthaway, Limestone Coast, Australia
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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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An inland sub region of the Limestone Coast, Padthaway has made a name for itself as a significant source of quality Shiraz even though the region grows other varieties. Padthaway is home to only a handful of producers; most Padthaway Shiraz goes to wines made outside of its borders.


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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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