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