“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
Aromas of coffee, leather and chocolate then revealing black olive tapenade and spiced savoury meats.
The palate has a very tight line of acidity keeping it together for the long run. There are wonderfully complex flavours present, and yet to come from this wine of great depth and life.
The 2008 vintage will be remembered for a heatwave and the challenges associated with it. Early indications pointed towards it being one of the great vintages with moderate winter rainfall followed by warmer than average temperatures in spring helping fuel rapid shoot growth. Rainfall in late December and January topped up soil moisture to retain canopy health.
The heatwave interrupted perfect vintage conditions, causing the most condensed harvest in the region’s history. While there were challenges, overall 2008 was considered a great year for quality.
|Maturation||30 months in new French oak hogsheads|
“An exceptional offering; the gloriously complex bouquet shows blackberry, mixed berry compote, chocolate tart, charcuterie, cedar and toasted spice characters. It is equally gratifying on the palate, exhibiting outstanding concentration and intensity backed by velvety texture and supple tannins, leading to an extremely long delicious finish. Lavish yet refined and stylish. 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)