This is a 95 hectare property bought by Kim and Mark Longbottom in 1992 and called Henry's Drive after the owner of the 19th century mail coach service that once ran through the area.They make a selection of wines
big black fruit, oaky, and delicious. I love the concept of a 70/40 cab shiraz. Great color and big bold flavor! Loved it.
I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/51657 for £7.50 Henry's Drive Vignerons is a 95 hectare estate bought in 1992 by Kim and Mark Longbottom and named after the owner of the 19th century mail coach which once ran through the property in this part of South Australia.They make a selection of wines and this one is a blend of 70% shiraz [called syrah in other parts of the world ] and 30% cabernet sauvignon which has been aged in oak barrels.I opened my bottle last night as an accompaniment to my supper of beef stew and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of blackcurrant,blackberry,cherry and licorice style fruit there and there is a distinct spicy or peppery taste as well.The tannins are fairly smooth.I thought it reminiscent of a northern Rhone.I thought this a quality wine at a value for money price and have given it top marks.The well known wine critic Robert Parker gave this 93 of his points
velvety smooth with a buttery finish.
External Reviews for Parson's Flat Padthaway Shiraz/Cabernet Qty. Available 2
Medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of black currant and roasted plum. Very thick, almost syrupy on the palate, with flavors of dark coffee, crème de mure, kirsch and chocolate candy. Finishes deep, ripe and powerful, with a mouthcoating, viscous texture.
Rich in texture, with a thick frame of spicy, sweet mocha of oak around a plump core of raspberry, blackberry and currant flavors, all mingling prettily on the long, round finish. Drink now through 2005.
Rich and supple, with a fresh wet earth character that adds depth to the cherry and blackberry flavors. finishes with mouthfilling density, but a bit too much alcohol in the end. Best after 2008.
This gorgeous effort, made by winemaker Kim Johnston, from vineyards owned by the Longbottom family, is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It is a big, beefy, opulent red with fabulous crème de cassis-like fruit intermixed with notions of bacon fat, espresso roast, and sweet berries. This voluptuous, fruit-forward effort is a classic example of what Australia does best... deliver extroverted, super-ripe, lusciously-textured, nearly over-the-top wines that are thrilling to drink. This 2003 should age nicely for 7-8 years.
The talented team of Sarah and Sparky Marquis are the winemakers for this estate, which has produced some impressive offerings over recent vintages. This 1000-case cuvée offers up a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of black currants, blackberries, smoke, and earth. It is a graceful yet big wine, with medium to full body, a seamlessness that characterizes most of the Marquis wines, and a long, lusty finish with beautifully integrated acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.
From the same team (growers Kim and Mark Longbottom and winemaker Kim Johnston) that runs Henryandrsquo;s Drive, this wine is made in a similar style. Produced from 6- to 12-year-old vines, it is a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% American oak, of which 80% is new. It is an in-your-face, exuberant, flamboyant Aussie red boasting loads of espresso roast, toasty oak, blackberries, cassis, and licorice. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, with oodles of glycerin and depth, this hussy requires drinking during its first 7andndash;8 years of life, although it may last even longer.
This blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from 10-year old vines cropped remarkably high for the resulting quality (4-4.5 tons of fruit per acre) represents a 700 case pleasure bomb. Although it is stunning, I am a little concerned about how well it will age given its forward style and cleverly crafted personality. Fashioned by brilliant winemakers Sarah and Sparky Marquis, and aged in both French and American oak (primarily new), it displays tremendous full-bodied, intense cassis flavors, low acidity, ripe tannin, and that tell-tale Sarah/Sparky seamlessness, opulence and voluptuousness. The inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a pure, alluring, enormously satisfying Australian red that may reveal even more complexity over the next 6-8 years.
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