Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz 2005

Barossa Valley
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£44.95 per bottle
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94 Points - James Halliday

A massive wine, whether beastly or not is for the consumer to decide, but informed, consenting adults who pay the price obviously think it is not. Difficult to imagine how much more could be crammed into the dreadnought-weighted bottle. Pointed on the basis of acceptance of the style. Drink by 2030.

92 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2005 Shiraz “The Beast” was aged in French oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it exhibits a nose of cedar, smoke, leather, scorched earth, violets, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, personality-filled wine with gobs of fruit, excellent breadth on the palate, silky tannin, and a long, pure finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.

Taste & Aroma

94 Points - James Halliday

A massive wine, whether beastly or not is for the consumer to decide, but informed, consenting adults who pay the price obviously think it is not. Difficult to imagine how much more could be crammed into the dreadnought-weighted bottle. Pointed on the basis of acceptance of the style. Drink by 2030.

92 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2005 Shiraz “The Beast” was aged in French oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it exhibits a nose of cedar, smoke, leather, scorched earth, violets, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, personality-filled wine with gobs of fruit, excellent breadth on the palate, silky tannin, and a long, pure finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.

Producer

Barossa Valley based Hentley Farm Wines was founded by Keith and Alison Hentschke who acquired the land and property in the 1990s. The pair researched the land to find the best soils upon which to plant their vines and it wasn’t until 2002 that any wines were released from Hentley Farm as the owners were perfecting the vineyards. Soon after successfully launching their wines, Keith and Alison acquired the neighboring vineyard Clos Otto Block in 2004 which forms the basis for the famous Clos Otto Shiraz.

Hentley Farm Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia

Region

Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.

Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Espeically good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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