2014 Hentley Farm "The Beauty" Single Block Shiraz Barossa Valley (Previously $50)

SKU #1281850 95 points James Halliday

 Size, shape, power and length; there's a lot crammed into this package, and yet at no point does it suggest being overdone. It's a fresh, vigourous red with anise, raspberry, squishy blackberries and wood spice notes ramping the appeal up high. It'll age but there's no real reason to wait.  (3/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (40 percent new oak) Bright purple. Black raspberry, blueberry, mocha and Indian spices on the powerfully scented nose. Concentrated and expansive yet energetic as well, offering intense, appealingly sweet dark fruit and spicecake flavors and a hint of candied violet. Displays an impressive blend of power and finesse and shows no rough edges. Sweet, seamless and impressively persistent on the finish, where sneaky tannins provide shape and grip. (JR)  (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Impressive, with bold wild blueberry, kirsch and blackberry flavors that are powerful and persistent, pure and focused. Earth, sage and white pepper accents show on the long, velvety finish. (MW)  (7/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Shiraz / Viognier The Beauty has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and lovely, perfumed black fruits nose of lavender, potpourri, dried Provence herbs and kirsch plus a waft of anise. Soft, silky and seductive on the medium to full-bodied palate, this wine delivers a lot of spicy nuances and wonderful texture, finishing with great. Hey, it is what the name says! (LPB)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

In direct contrast the "Beast" Shiraz from Hentley Farm the "Beauty" is chosen from the coolest, most moderated block on the estate. This fruit is hand-selected for its expression of elegance, perfume and freshness. The Beauty, whilst still quite full bodied, is bright, juicy and intensely aromatic with exotic spices and floral notes. The tannins are fine and the acidity energizes the palate. This is such a fine expression of Barossa Shiraz - it retains power and concentration but with freshness and vibrancy of fruit not often found here. (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 (%): 14.5