“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
The colour is a deep mahogany with brick red hues showing aromas of Asian spice and soy, roasted nuts, leather and hints of cigar box.
Drought conditions produced tough, tannic wines in their youth, but age has rounded off any sharp edges.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The 2007 vintage will be remembered for the driest winter and spring on record ensuring supplementary irrigation was vital leading up to bud burst. The overall lack of rain ensured yields were significantly down on previous years. Relieving rains in January breathed new life into the vines and a steady ripening period resulted in intensely flavoured fruit and wines showing vibrant varietal fruit flavours and textured tannins. Wines from the vintage were widely considered to be very good to excellent with reds in particular fairing best.
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||33 months in French oak hogsheads|
“Wonderfully maturing, this delectable shiraz shows dark fruit richness together with smoked meat, dark chocolate, roasted nut, leather and dark spice characters on the nose, leading to a sumptuous palate that is concentrated and gracefully opulent. Dense, silky and persistent, the wine displays awesome power as well as structure and impeccable balance. 5 stars.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
“Matured for 33 months in French hogsheads, bottled Oct ’10. Has soared above the reputation for toughness the vintage has always had. It is positively juicy on the mid-palate with plum, sour cherry and black fruits, the oak and tannins sewn into the fabric of the wine.”
James Halliday (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)