2013 Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Aptly named, this wine is a powerhouse of inky, deep, and rich flavors including warm black fruits, 70% dark chocolate (nope, not 68%), oak, and balancing tannins. Certainly not for the faint of heart now, we imagine even greater satisfaction in the future. If you cannot wait to try a bottle - we couldn't - be sure to give it plenty of air.
95 JH; 94 WS; 95 WA
$76.49 as part of a mixed case.
"Like the fabled character, the Beast is big and bold, yet has a beautiful soft side...Selected from a single block high on the hill, where the soils are shallow and the sunlight is even, you can expect the Beast to exhibit great concentration of flavour and richness, with soft grippy tannins. On the nose the wine has dense dark fruits, black olive, tapenade, and earthy aromas. Black fruits persist on the palate; particularly blackberries bursting from the mid palate. Tannin profile is prominent, particularly at the front, but does not detract from the great length. The oak is well balanced and provides notes of toasted coconut and almonds."
"The fruit was crushed, de-stemmed and left on skins in open top fermenters for 8-10 days. After an early heat spike a slow fermentation was achieved with temperatures ranging from 15-18C, cap management included a combination of open pump-overs and hand plunging. Once fermentation was completed the wine was basket pressed to a combination of new (70%) and old French barrels, where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then returned to oak to mature for 22 months. No fining or filtration was used in the production of this wine."
"95 pts ... Awesomely powerful, with a tsunami of sombre black fruits, licorice and tannins to match, overwhelm you the moment the wine enters the mouth. It is, of course, full-bodied, and doesn't have the fluid grace of the other Hentley Farm '13 Shirazs. It is indeed a beast, but will repay those who put their faith in the high quality corks used by Henley Farm."
"94 pts ... Rich and powerful, featuring toffee and espresso accents to the licorice, plum and blackberry flavors, with thick, sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins. Mineral and dried floral details emerge on the long, expressive finish."
"95 pts ... Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz The Beast has an earthy/gamey nose with dried mulberries and preserved plums at the core, morphing into spice box, sandalwood and peppery notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and a full-on "beast," as the name suggests, it is actually very delicious and has real depth with many layers coming through on the impressively long finish."
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