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Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway Reserve 2003

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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.

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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

Member Reviews for Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway Reserve

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Snooth User: jessgum
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5.00 5
04/29/2008

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.


Snooth User: dpwootan17
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4.00 5
07/07/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Henry's Drive Shiraz Padthaway Reserve

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/14/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
02/24/2012

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.


External Review
06/20/2014

...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.


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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.

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