2002 Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway South Australia

SKU #1005583 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dense purple-colored 2002 Shiraz is even better than the Cabernet Sauvignon. Pure blackberry liqueur intermixed with camphor, lead pencil shavings, pepper, and earth notes jump from the glass of this full-bodied, unctuously-textured monster. This opulent, hedonistic 2002 boasts great richness, intensity, and length. How will it age? Although still youthful, it offers fabulous drinking at present, should improve over the next 3-4 years, and last for a decade thereafter. However, there is no reason to defer your gratification. To quote importer Dan Philips, 'this winery is all about pure, exuberant fruit buttressed with extraordinary winemaking.' (RP)  (10/2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby. Mocha, cedar, truffle and strong nutty oak on the nose. Fat, sweet and thick, with a strong saline character along with truffle, vegetal, smoke and meat notes. Finishes with firm tannins. A distinctly heavy wine with little sign of fresh fruit or vinosity, recommended only for fans of the type.  (8/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Broad in texture, with ripe, almost raisiny berry and dried cherry flavors, finishing with a smoky note on the polished finish.  (9/2004)

K&L Notes

Made by Sarah and Sparky Marquis of Marquis Philips fame. The Shiraz is decadent, and in words used often by Parker himself, a tour de force in winemaking! The Cabernet is more elegant, but still showing gobs of cassis and black fruit and an inky, opaque color.

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- 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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