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2012 Henry's Drive Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

An elegant red, with plenty of dark fruit smells and flavours, but also some delicate spice and florals in the mix. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a core of sweet and dark fruits, a decent lick of toasted cedar from the oak, fine-grained tannins and a dry, fruity, velvety finish. Great with some spicy lamb chops.

Winemaker's Notes

Aroma: Blackcurrant, native violets and mint

Palate: Blackberries, graphite and licorice

Provenance: Grown in red loam over limestone in our family vineyards in Padthaway Winemaking. Harvested in mid-March, most of the fruit is initially barrel fermented, then undergoes malolactic fermentation before hand selection of the finest barrels

Maturation: 15-18 months in 60% French and 40% American oak, ranging in age from new to three years old

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2012 Henry's Drive Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
In best full-bodied Henry's Drive style, rollicking along with waves of plush black fruits and a heap of dark chocolate borrowed from McLaren Vale; there is also a plentiful supply of oak, and the tannins are soft. It's looking for a bus stop to alight at the end of its journey, but it will be looking for a while yet.
Drink by 2037
93
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Padthaway sometimes feels like the forgotten wine region of Australia. It once seemed ubiquitous. Henry’s Drive is one of the region’s few flag bearers nowadays. This is one of the better Henry’s Drive shiraz releases I’ve seen. It’s firm but friendly with blackberry, saltbush and earth flavours given a modest-but-seductive coating of creamy vanillin/chocolatey oak. It’s a substantial wine; it’s a good option for Big Red nights.
2015 - 2025+
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour, offering a bouquet of spiced plums, blackberry, liqueur kirsch and bramble; the palate is medium- to full-bodied, with lively acidity and fine tannins; a generous and user-friendly wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A thick, juicy fruitcake and chocolate bomb, but one with manners and control. Creamy, slightly gamey aromas of cassis, plums, caramel/vanilla/dark chocolate oak are backed by nuances of pepper, smoked meats, raisins and cinnamon. It's plush and velvety, with a rich, sumptuous and chocolatey palate that finishes with moderate length and a little restraint.
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2011
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A suggestion of mint complements the ample levels of black fruit; medium-bodied arid quite plush on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Brighter and clearer than Dead Letter Office; an attractive mix of fresh red and black fruit flavours with a sprinkle of spice; well-handled oak. Lots of coconut vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very concentrated, powerful black fruits; massive wine; a trifle aldehydic.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Deep red-purple; complex, ripe, black cherry/blackberry fruit and high toast oak marry on the bouquet; the palate is commensurately rich, ripe, powerful and concentrated, more akin to what might be expected from a great vintage such as 1998.
2005-2015
Australian Wine Companion 2003
94
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
2005-2008
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
89

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