“Henley is named in honour of my Grandfather, who passed away at the ripe old age of 102. This wine is the best of the best of our McLaren Vale Shiraz and only a maximum of 10 barrels each vintage are set aside for Henley.” – Geoff Merrill
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There's a real freshness to the aroma upon opening, which becomes more and more sophisticated with every minute in the glass. Black pepper, herbs, clove and stewed plums come forward, then they make way for the complex characters that only come with age. Dark soy, leather, chocolate and roast beef gravy.
The palate is tight, fresh and sprightly. It shows spice, developed berry fruits, chocolate and savoury meats with hits of earth and coffee. There's fresh, clean acidity on the finish giving the wine a youthful brightness that will live on for quite a few more years in the cellar.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The 2006 Vintage overall was quite good. It was set up well early on with good winter and spring rains. This provided good grapevine canopies ideal for quality ripening. The weather dried up at the right time, and warmed up considerably bringing many varieties to ripeness almost simultaneously resulting in a very hectic few weeks.
After approx. 15 months in oak Geoff and Scott take part in the sensory evaluation of each barrel to determine which ones make the Henley grade. Once the barrels are determined, the blend is carefully made in the cellar and refilled into the very best French oak barrels we have for further maturation.
|Maturation||34 months in French oak hogsheads|
“A magnificent offering; the immensely complex bouquet shows blackberry, plum jam, cake spice, cocoa and cedar characters with a subtle lift of floral. The palate is superbly concentrated and sumptuous, exhibiting outstanding depth and power, brilliantly framed by velvety tannins. Seamless and impressively long on the finish. 5 stars.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
“This drinks like velvet. Great length and persistence belying a wine well crafted and made to age. Delicious!”
Michael McIntosh (National Liquor News)
“You can easily drink this now but the rip of integrated tannin has it set for a long future. It’s awash with complex spice and leather characters, yet forceful through the finish. Licorice, tobacco and dark chocolate notes continue the developed-but-youthful theme. Sweeter citrus candy flavours complete an exotic picture”.
Halliday Wine Companion
“Tannin is the key. It’s hulking but well-integrated, firm and forceful without being over the top. It tastes quite leathery, quite developed, and yet there’s still plenty of fruit: liquorice, chocolate, tobacco, ground dry spice flavours chief among the components. Sweet, citrussy acidity sits high in the wine, and is the point either to be embraced or rejected, depending on your preference. The wine’s length and composure though, regardless of style, is ultra impressive.”
Campbell Mattinson (The Winefront)
“You can easily drink this now but the rip of integrated tannin has it set for a long future. It’s awash with complex spice
and leather characters, yet forceful through the finish. Licorice, tobacco and dark chocolate continue the developed-but
youthful theme. Sweeter citrus candy flavours complete the picture.”
James Halliday (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine
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