Tag: Hentley Farm

Apr 04 2017

The seriously delicious Hentley Farm Clos Otto Shiraz

Posted on April 04, 2017 | By merrill@cellarit.com

In the early years of this century, Americans couldn’t seem to get enough of Australia’s top wines, especially the full-bodied and sometimes ridiculously rich shiraz from the Barossa and beyond.

But a spiralling Aussie dollar, changing tastes and some serious competition from both the New and Old Worlds led to an almost sudden collapse in fortune for the Australian wine export market.

As The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown highlights in a recent report, today the South Australian wineries which have continued to make a mark by actively selling internationally “largely fall into one of three categories: 1) those coming from well-established 30+ year-old wineries that, like their ancient vines, have the quality foundations to weather the vagaries of difficult times (think Henschke, Yalumba, Jim Barry, Elderton, etc.); 2) the 10- to 30-year-old wineries that survived the storm by being not just a cut above the rest, but several cuts above the rest (e.g. Torbreck, John Duval, Glaetzer, and Hentley Farm); and 3) a precious few newcomers that have managed to get overseas representation, because they are seriously impressive (e.g. Powell & Son and Sons of Eden).” (South Australia Part 1 – Slow Burn by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate 30 June 2016)

Certainly, no-one can deny the pedigree and staying power of The Hentley Farm Clos Otto Shiraz. Made with vines planted by previous owner Otto Kasper using a cutting from an ageing and “secret” shiraz clone, and tended to “with almost antique machinery and a well-practiced hand”, the Clos Otto vineyard (purchased by Hentley Farm in 2004) consistently yields super low quantities with ultra rich flavours. Yet its ability to combine richness and intensity with complexity and elegance has earned it a very loyal following and a serious price tag.

Here’s Perrotti-Brown’s 96+ review of the 2013 … Read the rest

Dec 12 2011

Wine Advocate announces the top twenty good value producers in Australia for 2011

Posted on December 12, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown has just released a list of the top 20 good value producers in Australia for 2011. As the Wine Advocate’s main subscription base is the US, the list includes only wineries, both large and small, that export to major markets around the world. (No point, I guess, in choosing wineries that a US or European consumer would have no chance of finding on a bottle shelf in their home country).

According to Perrotti-Brown, “Producing singular wines of great character and expression for under US$25 / AU$25 is no easy task, but these guys and gals have all managed to create wines that are nothing short of incredible in this capacity.”

Here are her choices (The links take you to the winery websites if available):

Australian Domain Wines, McLaren Vale

Ad Hoc/Ad Lib, Western Australia

Balgowni Estate, Bendigo, Victoria

Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA

Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley, SA

Hoddles Creek Estate, Yarra Valley, Vic

Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley, Vic

Jansz, Tasmania

Madfish, produced by Howard Park, Margaret River and Great Southern, WA

Margan Family Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW

Massena, Barossa Valley, SA

Mollydooker, McLaren Vale, SA

Paringa Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

Penfolds, Multi-Regional, SA

Pirie, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Rolf Binder, Barossa Valley, SA

Shingleback, McLaren Vale, SA

Small Gully, Barossa Valley, SA

Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW

Yabby Lake, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

(Australian Wine Values of 2011: Better than Ever by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com 23 December 2011)

Photo: Red Knot McLaren Vale Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre 2010 ($11.50) Made by Shingleback. Perrott-Brown awarded this wine the International Judge’s trophy at the 2011 McLaren Vale Wine Show. “It’s an absolute winner that I continue to drink at home … Read the rest