Hentley Farm `The Beast` Shiraz 2005 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ The Beauty, a fitting partner to the Beast, is a wine of elegance...

Grown on the coolest block on the property and co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, the Beauty displays complex lifted aromatics, along with the softness and subtlety befitting a wine of this name.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ The Beauty, a fitting partner to the Beast, is a wine of elegance...

Grown on the coolest block on the property and co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, the Beauty displays complex lifted aromatics, along with the softness and subtlety befitting a wine of this name.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

A massive wine, whether beasdy or not is for the consumer to decide, but informed, consenting adults who pay the price obviously think it is not. Difficult to imagine how much more could be crammed into the dreadnought-weighted bottle. Pointed on the basis of acceptance of the style

Rating 94 - Drink by 2022, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2008).

Big and concentrated this offerings is, appropriately, called The Beast. Tighter knit, more structured, and more obviously tannic than the 2003, the 2004 Shiraz The Beast exhibits abundant floral notes interwoven with scents of blueberries, blackberries, and subtle wood. It is fabulously concentrated and firmer in the finish, suggesting it will age beautifully for 12-15+ years. Rating 93 - Drink by 2020, Robert M. Parker Jr., erobertparker.com (OCT/2005).

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

This complex wine combines aromatics of dark blueberry and blackberry with secondary aromas of chocolate-mint, spice, nutmeg and creamy vanillin.

Palate

The front and sides of the palate are lined with soft grippy tannins that lead to a mid-palate filled with flavours of dark fruits, cigar box, cedar, black olives and dark chocolate. Persistent tannins fill the back palate and combine with perfectly balanced fruit and oak layers providing incredible length.

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