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Henry's Drive Syrah 2003

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Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd:
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padth... Read more
During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern South Australia, horse-drawn coaches provided the only transportation of mail and passengers. The coach service proprietor in this part of the state was a Mr Henry John Hill, whose operation drove directly through a property owned more recently by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway. Routes were known as Drives, thus the family’s wine business is today known as Henry\’s Drive. Henry's Drive is situated in the Padthaway district of South Australia, around 180 miles south east of Adelaide. It is naturally cooler than the more northerly Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale, but warmer and more consistent than Coonwarra, some 50 miles south, with which it shares a similar, former sea-bed, geology. The property is owned by the Longbottom family, who have been farmers in Padthaway since the 1940s. Their first vintage was in 1998. Read less

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Snooth User: 97mjr
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03/04/2009

[Metro Cafe] Coffee, chocolate, and smoke on the nose. Superconcentrated. Cherries, oak, smokey palate with liqueur on the finish.


External Reviews for Henry's Drive Syrah

External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

91 points out of 100 by Harvey Steiman


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

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External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

94 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

90 points out of 100 by James Halliday


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

Full-throttle Shiraz are fashioned by winemaker Kim Johnston from vineyards owned by the Longbottom family. This is an unabashed, flamboyant, Aussie wine that is loaded with fruit, fragrance, glycerin, and intensity. This is the type of wine that Eurocentric wine tasters and condescending elitists tend to dismiss, but it is a fascinating effort the likes of which are made nowhere else in the world. There is certainly no shortage of flavor, and if you like your wines exuberant, flamboyant, and over-sized, this wine fills the tab, and then some.


External Review
Source: Cellar Link Pty Ltd
06/23/2010

95 points out of 100 by Robert Parker Jnr.


External Review
05/19/2011

Round, supple and generous, with its firmly packed blackberry, dark plum, pepper and spicy oak flavors. Has impressive depth and beautifully polished textures, and the flavors last and last. Drink through 2011.


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Alcohol: 15%

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