Hentley Farm Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet 2016
The Hentley Farm Quintessential Shiraz Cabernet 2016 consists of stewed plums and blueberry combined with a strong floral influence of lavender and violets. On the palate savoury characters of mushroom and graphite play the dominant role with blue and red fruits also contributing. The tannins are soft and even throughout, and a persistence of roasted coffee bean through the middle provides outstanding length.
Leading up to the 2016 vintage a dry winter and early spring was relieved by 60mm of rain in the first week of November. Consistently warm conditions through late spring and early summer provided ideal ripening conditions with no disease pressure, also bringing expected harvest dates forward.
The fruit was de-stemmed prior to fermentation, during which 2-3 pump overs a day were used to ensure that each wine achieved a full tannin structure. The majority of the wine was left on skins for 45 days before being basket pressed, settled overnight and racked to a combination of new (35%) and used (65%) barrels where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation.
The Finer Details:
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Shiraz Cabernet
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa Valley
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.5%