2014 Hentley Farm "The Stray Mongrel" Grenache Blend Barossa Valley

SKU #1246109 94 points James Halliday

 James Halliday's Wine Companion - Winery Of The Year 2015! 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. * Special Value Selection* The 2014 Stray Mongrel is a bits and pieces 58/38/4% blend of grenache, shiraz and zinfandel, picked and fermented separately. The red berry fruits of the grenache and darker fruits of the shiraz have come together very well, particularly with its fresh finish. All a bit mysterious how this happened.  (3/2015)

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Hentley Farm was recently awarded "Best Exhibitor" at the Barossa Wine Show for the fourth time in five years. The 2014 Hentley Farm "The Stray Mongrel" was Awarded the Tropy for Best Grenache / Grenache dominant blend in show (medium size winery). Winemaker's Notes: "Primary aromatics of Strawberry and Raspberry fill the nose and are complemented by spice aromatics of nutmeg, cinnamon and dried lavender. On the palate beautiful red fruits combine with earthy extended maceration tannins and a Grenache derived spice. Winemaking - The majority of both Grenache and Shiraz parcels went through an extended maceration, with a total of 90 days on skins. The wines were pressed out to a combination of old French (90%) and American (10%) barrels where they underwent natural malolactic fermentation before being racked off lees and returned to oak to mature for a total of 8 months. A blend of Grenache (57%), Shiraz (39%) & Zinfandel (4%).

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2016 | Send Email
Almost a classic Rhône-inspired Grenache–Shiraz blend, but this Mongrel is worldlier than that, with a dash of estate-grown Zinfandel in the mix! Very exotic aromatics and flavors of sweet berry fruits, boysenberry, raspberry compote, Asian spices and scorched earth. The wine is soft and lush in texture, mouthcoating but not heavy or sweet. Finishes so pure and fresh.

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Barossa Valley