2015 Hentley Farm "Old Legend" Grenache Barossa Valley South Australia (Previously $40)

SKU #1320278 95 points James Halliday

 Light in colour but rich in presence and impact. This is a glorious grenache. It's all red fruits and earth, dried herbs and smoky oak, with licorice root rising through the aftertaste. But best of all, it has length and X-factor in spades.  (3/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 While the nose is on the simple side, with ultraripe - almost confected - cherry, cocoa powder, flowers and medicinal herbs, it’s the palate that draws you in. Fresh acidity, particularly for the variety, and a good lick of tannins round out this sleek, well-structured wine. Drink now - 2025.  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "This wine shows off the best characters of Grenache; Light yet vibrant colour, pretty yet complex nose, elegant yet textural palate; Traditional aromatics of strawberry, raspberry and turkish delight combine with a tropical fruit influence that provides additional aromatic lift. On the palate fresh strawberries provide the vibrant fruit you expect and the persistent tannins provide the savoury element of surprise. Spicy flavours of nutmeg and thyme also line the palate creating additional complexity and length. Components were destemmed on arrival to the winery prior to fermentation. The winemaking was split across three separate fermentations, the major component (40%) was put through an extended maceration lasting a total of 50 days on skins. The second component (30%) was picked late in the season and cold soaked for 5 days before fermentation and the final component (30%) was picked early in the season and put through a short fermentation with a large portion of whole berries. All three components were pressed directly to oak and put through natural malolactic fermentation followed by 10 months maturation before blending and bottling in February 2016."

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
If you poured this blind the first thing you'd think is that it was a Pinot Noir. The color is astonishing, light and ethereal. The wine is equally beautiful and elegant,but not lacking for powerful structure, this wine feels fresh and very complex . There is spectacular sweet fruit, raspberries in particular and an elegant oak treatment. If you're looking to probe the upper echelon of quality Grenache, this wine must not be missed.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- 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.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5