Hentley Farm The Beauty 2017/ ‘2017 was a nice year in that we got lots of winter rainfall in spring. Solid crop levels. Had to drop a fair bit of fruit. Trying to find the balance. Fruit weight was there. It was, in the end, just about hanging in there. 3-4 weeks later on average than average harvest. Longer hang time means the 2017’s were quite big wines. Even VS odd years in the Barossa – odds are bigger more intense more tannic. Evens are softer finer more elegant, cooler.
Hentley Farm was founded by Keith Hentschke who was working for Orlando back in the 90’s. He asked around about setting up his new vineyard, and subsequently bought the property in ’97 and planted ’99 as he wanted. Greenock creek runs through the middle of the property. The Beauty vineyard sits down on the banks of the creek. There’s cooler air and it’s on the eastern side of the creek, there’s gums down there which provide shade; it’s cooler in the mornings. Slower flavour development. Mid-low 14’s baume at harvest.’ -AQ
Shiraz aromatics. White florals, pretty red berries – this is a beast in terms of intensity and concentration, there’s so much going on here. The 2017 vintage conditions play a big role in the muscular expression of this wine. The length of flavour is prodigious. Delicious. Plenty of charm and life here. Blood/satsuma plum, raspberry, pomegranate molasses. Blue fruits and slately graphity earthy characteristic. Soft tannin. 35% new French oak (the coopers are selected based on their ability to provide tannin support without oak. aromas and flavours.)”
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