Hently Farm The Stray Mongrel GSZ

$27.99 inc GST per bottle

As a boutique single estate vineyard, Hentley Farm specialises in producing premium single-block wines from the vines grown on our 150 acre vineyard and mixed farming property.

Here at Hentley Farm, we think of ourselves as ‘winegrowers’ with our winemaking style simply guiding the fruit from vine to bottle allowing the unique characteristics of each vineyard block to shine through. As a result, Hentley Farm produces distinctive wines that display elegance, subtlety, depth and complexity.

With such a key focus being on the vineyard, ensuring our agricultural and environmental practices are sustainable is a key element of what we do.

Since our first vintage in 2002, Hentley Farm has cemented its position as one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries, being awarded the rare 5 Red Stars by acclaimed wine writer James Halliday with the comment, “It hardly needs to be said the emphasis is on quality.”

Available in 6 packs

Description

2015 WINERY OF THE YEAR

OUR STORY
Founders KEITH & ALISON HENTSCHKE researched for years to find a Barossa Valley site that would produce world class single estate wines. They discovered the property that would become Hentley Farm, with the sought-after red-brown soils of the Western Barossa, and remarkable diversity of soil types, aspects and altitudes.
OUR VINES
Like many of the sites that the world’s best wines are grown on, it’s a marginal site. Keith’s expertise as an agricultural scientist ensured that the establishment of our vineyard blocks, with plantings of clonal material selected for orientation and aspect, best utilized the great variety of terroir that enable us to produce unique single estate and single block wines.
OUR WINES
Hentley Farm’s chief Winemaker ANDREW QUIN has taken a slightly unusual road to winemaking, transitioning from his original field of study – horticulture. For Andrew, winemaking provided  an unparalleled opportunity to combine scientific knowledge with his artistic flair, in the pursuit of creating something that others could enjoy….great wine!
In his initial years post-study, Andrew travelled and worked around the Northern hemisphere, starting in California with premium Sonoma producer St Francis winery before heading to the old world where he worked for wine negociant Jacques Lurton in the Languedoc.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADE

Reviews & Accolades 2015 vintage – 96 points James Halliday
2014 vintage – 94 points James Halliday
2013 vintage – 94 points James Halliday
2012 vintage – 91 points James Halliday, Barossa Wine Show 2013 – Major Trophy
Winner, Best Dry Red Wine Of Show and Best Grenache or Blend

Winemaker Notes

The addition of Zinfandel to the traditional blend of Grenache and Shiraz is unique to Hentley Farm… With each variety separately crushed, fermented and matured, the Stray Mongrel displays the level of aromatic and flavour complexity you would expect from a blend of such diverse varietals. It is the perfect companion to a variety of culinary delights.

Variety
Grenache (59%), Shiraz (37%) & Zinfandel (4%)Vineyard

The Grenache and Zinfandel vines are located on the eastern facing slope of our vineyard. When founder Keith Hentschke purchased the property, this block was a quarry, and today the shallow soil profile overlaying the quarried limestone reduces the natural vigour of the vine, allowing vibrancy and intensity to shine in the fruit. The Shiraz is selected from an elevated block with a westerly aspect on the western side of the creek.

Vintage
2016 – A dry winter and early spring were relieved by 60mm of rain in the first week of November. Consistently warm conditions through late spring and early summer provided ideal ripening conditions with no disease pressure, also bringing expected harvest dates forward. Warmth through December and most of January was followed by a 60mm rain event in the last week of January, This, along with a long spell of mild temperatures provided the vines with some relief. The result was a slowing of sugar ripening and thus providing increased flavour development.
Harvest dates mostly returned to normality and the balance of seed and flavour ripeness was the best I have seen since 2010. – Winemaker, Andrew Quin Winemaking
The majority of both Grenache and Shiraz parcels went through an extended maceration, with a total of 45 days on skins. The wines were pressed out to a combination of old French (70%) and American (30%) barrels where they underwent natural malolactic fermentation before being racked off lees and returned to oak to mature for a total of 8 months. – Winemaker, Andrew Quin

Analysis: Alcohol 14.5% Acid 6.2 pH 3.54
Bottled: December 2016 Drink: now – 2027

TastingNotes
Extremely lifted and pretty nose with an abundance of aromatics including rose petal, Turkish delight, red berries, wild fennel and pepper. The flavours provide a mirror image of the aromatics with the extended maceration tannins providing a persistent savoury edge which balances the intense fruits. Soft, full, silky and complex

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 7.5 × 7.5 × 29.0 cm
Wine Regions

Country

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Quantity

Vintage

2016

Bottle Closure

Alcohole Content

14.5%

Cellering

Up to 6 years