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

SKU #1281105 97 points James Halliday

 Co-fermented with 2.5% viognier. The colour is deep, full crimson; this is V8 power, but the engine is idling; fragrant cherry and plum aromas fold quietly into the medium-bodied palate; here black fruits join those of the bouquet, the mouthwatering, superfine, but persistent, tannins draw out the finish for an aeon.  (3/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 In recent years, Hentley Farm have consistently occupied the top tier of Barossa wine producers offering the classic regional characters that we have grown to love with a contemporary twist. Deep red/purple in the glass showing aromas of opulent blackberries and plum fruits with a floral twist, no doubt stemming from the co-fermentation of viognier with the dominant variety of shiraz in the blend. Hints of violets, jasmine and purple flowers, apricot kernel, five-spice powder, rosewater, liquorice and dark chocolate appear in a heady mix of aromas. Great density and freshness on the palate, and once again with blackberries and a floral edge supported by defined, granitic tannins plunging through the wine - not to mention a seam of bright, stony acidity. A fruit-driven style.  (1/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz / Viognier The Beauty offers lovely floral - lavender and peach blossom - notes over black cherries, crushed blueberries and Szechuan pepper aromas. Full-bodied, rich and generously fruited in the mouth, the abundant flavors are wrapped in velvety tannins and it finishes with a vibrant lift. (LPB)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Polished and expressive, with powdery tannins complementing the generous flavors of blackberry, cherry and bacon. The finish expands and expands, showing tremendous presence and grace. (MW)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
This is a beautiful single block Shiraz. Hentley Farm has brought us amazingly pure, classically Barossa individuality, while still being able to approach their wines in their youth. The silky tannins, gracious and deep fruit, rose petal/floral notes, long length which carries on for a solid minute...what's not to love? This is a perfect example of how a small difference in temperature, on the same property, can make a big difference on the finished wine. A must try for the Shiraz lovers out there. This is still a very serious wine. The floral notes and melty tannin structure are the two main reasons I see as the main differences between their "Beast" Shiraz, which is from the hottest block on the farm, while the "Beauty" is sourced from the coolest. Truth.
Drink from 2016 to 2027

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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.
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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 (%): 14.5