2013 Hentley Farm "The Beast" Single Block Shiraz Barossa Valley
Awesomely powerful, with a tsunami of sombre black fruits, licorice and tannins to match, overwhelm you the moment the wine enters the mouth. It is, of course, full-bodied, and doesn't have the fluid grace of the other Hentley Farm '13 Shirazs. It is indeed a beast, but will repay those who put their faith in the high quality corks used by Henley Farm.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz The Beast has an earthy/gamey nose with dried mulberries and preserved plums at the core, morphing into spice box, sandalwood and peppery notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and a full-on 'beast,' as the name suggests, it is actually very delicious and has real depth with many layers coming through on the impressively long finish. 95+ (LPB)
Rich and powerful, featuring toffee and espresso accents to the licorice, plum and blackberry flavors, with thick, sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins. Mineral and dried floral details emerge on the long, expressive finish. (MW)
**James Halliday's 2015 Winery of the Year** "Hentley Farm has a single-minded focus on producing what is as close as you're ever going find in Australia to a Grand Cru Burgundy or a First Growth Bordeaux." Hentley Farm's "Beast" Shiraz lives up to its name. This big, dark fruited, powerful Shiraz comes from the steepest, most sun exposed block on the estate known for its low yields and super concentrated flavors. Despite its richness, like all of Hentley Farm's wines it also possesses beautiful balance and refinement. Barossa wines are pretty much destined to have rich fruit and concentration but these wines have more grace and poise than most from the region setting them apart from the crowd in my book. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)