2009 Henry’s Drive Shiraz

henry's drive shirazA Shiraz that’s won a few silver medals. Mostly in the UK. Was also included in the 2013 Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 Wines.

Bourbon soaked raisined fruit. Hollow alcohol soaked palate. Fake acid freshness. Astringent tannin. Avoid. 83

Region: Padthaway
Alcohol: 14.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $35
Tasted: January 2014


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3 Responses to 2009 Henry’s Drive Shiraz

  1. Perfectly described. “Bourbon soaked raisined fruit. Hollow alcohol soaked palate.”

    I’m an apologist for big old school wines that many people love, because some are done really well. Even if, like a Wolf Blass, many have a drinking window that requires timing to avoid seeing the belt loosened. Its wines like this one though that are born, live and die ugly. 83 is about 4 points more than we gave it.

  2. I feel much less mean-spirited now. Full-bodied, oak swathed and generous can certainly be done well and I hope the better examples avoid extinction. Wines like this however…

  3. Andrew Graham says:

    Thirded. Ordinary. Dried out and horrible stuff

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