2013 Hentley Farm "The Beast" Single Block Shiraz Barossa Valley

SKU #1281101 95 points James Halliday

 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.  (3/2015)

95 points 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. (LPB) 95+  (6/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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. Drink now through 2030. (MW)  (7/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (60 percent new French oak) Inky ruby. A complex, deeply scented bouquet evokes candied black and blue fruits, vanilla and mocha, while violet and dark chocolate nuances build in the glass. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated, oak-tinged cassis and cherry compote flavors that are energized by a peppery flourish. Tightens up slowly on an impressively long, chewy, dark-berry-dominated finish framed by dusty, mounting tannins. (JR)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

*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)

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15