Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016

Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016

Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016

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Winemaking and Drinking

Nestled in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Hentley Farm is renowned for producing exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of this prestigious wine region. The Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016 is a testament to this legacy, embodying the winery’s dedication to quality, innovation, and respect for nature.

Hentley Farm was established in 1997 by Keith and Alison Hentschke, who identified the potential of a mixed farming property on the western side of the Barossa Valley. The property’s diverse soil types, including red clay loam and black cracking clays, combined with the distinct microclimates created by the undulating terrain, provide the ideal conditions for growing premium Shiraz grapes.

The 2016 vintage was particularly notable for its optimal growing conditions. A wet winter in 2015 replenished soil moisture levels, followed by a warm, dry spring and early summer. These conditions allowed for slow, even ripening of the grapes, resulting in a harvest of exceptionally balanced fruit with concentrated flavors and fine tannins.

Tasting Notes

The Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016 displays a deep, inky purple color, hinting at the richness and intensity within. On the nose, it offers a complex bouquet of dark fruits such as blackberry and plum, intertwined with notes of licorice, black pepper, and a hint of vanilla from the oak aging. Subtle nuances of chocolate and espresso emerge as the wine opens up, adding depth to the aromatic profile.

On the palate, this Shiraz is full-bodied and well-structured, with a seamless integration of fruit, acidity, and tannins. The dark fruit flavors continue to dominate, complemented by spicy undertones and a touch of minerality that speaks to the vineyard’s terroir. The wine's velvety texture and long, persistent finish make it a memorable and satisfying experience.

Awards and Accolades

The Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. Some of its notable awards include:

  • James Halliday's Wine Companion: Rated 95 points, praising its balance and complexity.
  • Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold Medal, highlighting its exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition: Silver Medal, recognized for its rich flavor profile and excellent structure.
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition: Double Gold Medal, showcasing its universal appeal and outstanding characteristics.

Vineyard

The Shiraz grapes for the 2016 vintage were sourced exclusively from Hentley Farm’s estate vineyard, which spans over 150 acres of prime Barossa Valley land. The vineyard is divided into various blocks, each with unique soil compositions and microclimates. This diversity allows Hentley Farm to craft wines that are not only reflective of the broader Barossa Valley terroir but also showcase the distinctive attributes of each block.

The meticulous vineyard management practices, including sustainable farming methods and minimal intervention, ensure that the grapes achieve their full potential. The result is a wine that not only captures the essence of the Hentley Farm estate but also stands as a benchmark for quality in the Barossa Valley.

In conclusion, the Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2016 is a remarkable wine that embodies the dedication and expertise of its makers. From its origins in the picturesque vineyards of the Barossa Valley to its celebrated presence on the global stage, this Shiraz is a true testament to the art of winemaking.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerHentley Farm
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz
Year2016
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5