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Dead Letter Shiraz 2005

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Region: USA » Illinois

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd:
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padth... Read more
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry\’s Drive. Henry's Drive 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 Coonwarra, 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. Their first vintage was in 1998. Read less

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Snooth User: tAFW
8253750
2.00 5
08/22/2008

Winegent, I think you're a bit confused. This wine is not a white, it's a Shiraz (technically 98% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon). It has a distinctly smoky nose; on the palate, it tastes much like a smokehouse; bacon, smoke, and salt. As a matter of fact, the saltiness of this wine is quite (unpleasantly) predominant, which can be common in Aussie wines, particlarly from the Padthaway region (Padthaway is know for its salty groundwater). The well-concealed tannins give it necessary structure without being overbearing, yet I can't get past the saltiness.


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
3.50 5
05/15/2009

Inky red. Pencil lead and black rapberry nose. Creamy dark fruit. Not jammy. A little peppery. Medium+ tannins, acidic. Smooth. Simple.


Snooth User: WineGent
81275201
4.00 5
08/04/2008

Although this is a blend of grapes, it is not the typical white melange that you find in many white meritage. Most tend to be a bit sweet, reflecting the Viogner and Marsanne in the blend. This wine is 40% Clairette, 40% Bourbulenc, 10% White Grenache and 10% Roussanne which yields a nicely balanced, dry white. Although there is certainly residual sweetness....it is not at all cloying. The acidity is a perfect foil to the sweetness.....beautifully balanced. The wine is pale and straw colored. When poured it is a bit unctuous and really clings to the bowl of the glass. The nose is all honey and white flowers...very pretty and delicate. It almost tastes un-oaked....nice fruit, great balance and no bitterness from tannins. This one did not last long at our table. This wine does have great structure, and seems like it would develop in the bottle for a few years if you can keep yourself from drinking it. It will certainly be worth the effort to find it as an addition to your cellar.

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  • Snooth User: rwargo24
    7166143
    4.00 5
    05/13/2008

    Great wine. Not too pricey.


    Snooth User: 94Cane
    14334121
    4.00 5
    02/27/2009

    Four glasses


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    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    07/28/2010

    The 2005 Dead Letter Office is composed of 98% Shiraz and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in 95% American and 5% French oak, 15% new. Purple-colored, it exhibits a smoky nose with notes of scorched earth, pencil lead, ga... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2005 Henry's Drive Shiraz Dead Letter Office 750ml



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