Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway Reserve 2003
The Henry’s Drive range reflects exactly our approach to winemaking. Our fruit is carefully graded with only the very best from small sections of our vine-yards being selected for Henry’s Drive. Made with minimal intervention, each are single varietal wines of great length and longevity that are a true expression of their vineyard, region and variety. Winemaker Kim Jackson Yield 3 tonne per acre Alcohol/Volume 15.7% Oak profile The wine is barrel fermented and matured in oak hogsheads and barriques. The breakdown is as follow – 76% American, 16% French, 8% Eastern European – 85% new & 15% one year old oak. Terroir The fruit for this Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz is sourced exclusively from a single family vineyard in Padthaway. These 10 year old vines are grown in sand over red clay interspersed with limestone outcrops.
Unique wine! Smells of dates and spice cake. Full bodied, lucsious tastes of morels, blackberries, velvety strawberries. So different from typical shiraz's. Balanced, nice finish. A steal at $30! This would be great with lamb shanks.
External Reviews for Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway Reserve
Revealing more toasty American oak, as well as chewier, blackberry and licorice-infused fruit, the 1998 Shiraz possesses multiple layers of concentration. This super-extracted, rich, low acid wine displays plenty of smoky oak, pepper, and spice, but the fruit dominateshellip; in a big way. Drink it over the next 15ndash;16 years.
The stunning 2000 Shiraz (100% Shiraz aged in 80% American and 20% French oak) is a flamboyant, extroverted, exuberant, full-bodied offering with fabulous blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with hints of new oak and pepper. Dense, voluptuous, and hedonistic, it will provide enjoyment over the next 5ndash;7 years.
Ripe, rich style has lots of licorice character to accent the dark cherry and berry flavors, finishing with velvety tannins and a sweet spicy note. Drink now through 2011.
Lush and voluptuous, the 2001 Shiraz reveals a concentrated, heady, full-bodied personality with tremendously pure blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with smoky oak and charcoal notes. This impressive, glycerin-filled, New World, full throttle/pedal to the metal Shiraz may be over the top for some tasters, but it is stunning stuff made in a modern, fruit-driven, extravagantly rich style. Drink it over the next 10ndash;12 years.
Ripe and juicy,with pretty plum and berry fruit shaded with spicy oak. Itrsquo;s the fruit that persists on the finish. Tannins are refined. Drink now through 2005.
The 2003 Shiraz Reserve, which I assume is made from the richest barrels, has all the same characteristics, with more weight, opulence, and persistence. The 16% alcohol is beautifully concealed by its prodigious concentration. Readers who love the extroverted personalities of these wild and crazy Australian reds should drink it over the next 10ndash;12 years.
...Strong suggestions of Kahlua mossy underbrush asphalt and dark chocolate with lashings of cinnamon clove and vanilla. Outsized and rich on the palate with thick syrupy flavors of roasted prune date tar and chocolate fudge along with toasted spicy oak notes... Stephen Tanzers IWC.