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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.

Padthaway

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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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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