Henry’s Drive Shiraz 2019
McLaren Vale shiraz is rarely quiet and unintrusive, it’s bold and warm and generous in its many charms. Henry’s Drive 2019 Shiraz goes against the general rule here, almost to the point of modesty in comparison, which brings an added talking point to the wine.
What are Kim and Margo Longbottom attempting to do here? I suspect it may have something to do with outward restraint hiding an underlying power.
There is a bright, youthful purple intensity in the glass which sets up expectations for the next part and aromas of blue fruits, blackberry, stewed plums, woody spice. Plenty of freshness and fruit life is on display here.
Love the density on the palate, there is good concentration, too. The oak component, like the oak on the 2019 shiraz cabernet sauvignon, is mindful of the fruit and supple tannins, never dominating the wine. That is another reason for the solid score. In a difficult year like 2019, it’s good to see quality shining through.