This blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from 10-year old vines cropped remarkably high for the resulting quality (4 - 4.5 tons of fruit per acre) represents a 700-case pleasure bomb. Although it is stunning, I am a little concerned about how well it will age given its forward style and cleverly crafted personality. Fashioned by brilliant winemakers Sarah and Sparky Marquis, and aged in both French and American oak (primarily new), it displays tremendous full-bodied, intense cassis flavors, low acidity, ripe tannin, and that tell-tale Sarah/Sparky Marquis seamlessness, opulence, and voluptuousness. The inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a pure, alluring, enormously satisfying Australian red.
Henry's Drive wines, which are named after the owner of a 19th century mail coach that ran through the property is situated in the Padthaway district of South Australia, around 180 miles south east of Adelaide. It is naturally cooler than the more northerly Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale but warmer and more consistent than Coonawarra, some 50 miles south, with which it shares a similar, former sea-bed geology.
The property is owned by the Longbottom family, who have been farmers in Padthaway since the 1940s. The first ‘Henry’s Drive’ vines were planted in 1992 and their first vintage came in 1998 which saw the potential of their wine making and what was achievable.
At Henrys Drive their wines are made using parcels of fruit taken from three different vineyards. A northern, central and southern vineyard consisting of different soil types, from black clay and limestone to deep sand and red loam, the combination of fruit from these three vineyards is what gives Henry’s Drive wines their regional characteristics. When picked the fruit is carefully graded with only the very best being selected for thier wines which is made with minimal intervention helping them to display a length and longevity that are a true expression of their vineyards, region and variety.
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