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James Halliday has rated Henty Estate a 5 star Winery in the 2015 Australian Wine Companion

RIESLING

2012 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition)

Light, bright straw-green; underlines what a great region (however forgotten in general riesling dissertations) Henty is; superfine, elegant and intense, with lime, apple and minerally acidity wound together in a seamless stream. Great bargain.

5 stars, 95 points

2010 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Pale green-quartz; lemon and lime pith/zest aromas, then a tightly focused and long palate, the lime fruit encasing a minerally core of balanced acidity.

5 stars 94 points

 

2009 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Pale straw-green; a fresh, vibrant, delicate wine with minerally acidity, the framework around which the lime/apple fruit will build as the wine ages.

4.5 stars 91 points

 

2007 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Voluminous lime and a touch of passionfruit on the bouquet; rich, almost fleshy palate; relatively early developing.
4.5 stars 92 points

Review from Gary Walsh (Winorama)

I do like a bit of Western Victorian Riesling and although I don’t usually ‘drink’ many samples (that way alcoholism or madness lies.) I did knock this one off over a couple of days and I was very sorry when the bottle was empty. It’s a top wine.
Opens up exotic and aromatic with spicy citrus, peach and passionfruit – just so lively and attractive. On the palate it has good weight and an excellent lightly grippy texture with plenty of crisp clean acidity and intense flavours of spice, lime, orange, passionfruit and a musky perfume wafting about. Finishes long and dry. On the second day of tasting the aromatics settled down and the dominant flavours were of lime and spice. A great wine of style and character.

 

2006 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Ripe, lime/passionfruit aromas; a very well-balanced palate thanks to good acidity, but still at the big end of town.

5 stars 94 points

 

2005 Riesling

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Fragrant and floral, with some lime blossom; ripe fruit, with masses of flavour, the alcohol just intruding.

4.5 stars 90 points

 

Review from Vintage Direct

Bright pale straw colour with green film. Excellent aromatic nose of lime and lemon followed by floral and spice end notes. The palate flavour profile is still developing, but has much to offer in the future. Flavours of lemon and lime are dominant followed by a mandarin back palate. This is a very impressive Riesling which delivers wine lovers a carefully managed sense of austerity which will ensure excellent cellaring potential.
Cellar 5-8 years (2011-2014)
5 stars

Review from Campbell Mattinson (Winefront)
There’s a slight amount of spritz and a slight amount of toasty development, but this is a lovely drink right now. It’s limey and fresh and flavoursome, a lychee character turning the deliciousness factor to high.
Drink: 2006-2009
90 points

2005 Riesling
Bronze Medal at the 6th Annual Hyatt National Riesling Challenge in Canberra.


2004 Riesling

Review from Ben Edwards (President of the Australian Sommeliers Association in Victoria)
Riesling shows youthful green hues and exhibits clean, pure citrus aromas interwoven with a nicely defined minerality. The fine palate exhibits pure lemon citrus fruits, with a fine, tightly wound palate that is long and lively due to the concentration of fruit and well-balanced acidity. Bright in its youth, this wine will age gracefully for 10 years from 2005.


 

CHARDONNAY

2011 Chardonnay

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition)

Hand-picked and basket-pressed, with a portion matured in new French oak for nine months. A classic cool climate style with grapefruit to the fore on the long, juicy palate that has absorbed the oak. Great value.

4.5 stars 93 points

2009 Chardonnay

Revew from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Straw-green; a fragrant fruit bouquet; on the palate the wine has started to develop depth and complexity without losing its heritage of white peach and grapefruit flavours, the palate long and French oak subordinate.

5 stars 94 points

 

Review from Campbell Mattison (Winefront)
I gave this Henty Estate chardonnay a full day to breathe before sitting down to write a review – when I first opened it, it didn’t seem all that appealing at all.

But talk about turning into a swan. Or doing its best impersonation of one, anyway. Given time to breathe it tastes of limes and fennel, wax and gooseberries. It’s distinctive, and attractive. It’s quite grippy/phenolic, but I don’t mind that in a white wine. Nice length. Chardonnay with its own attitude.
90 points

 

2008 Chardonnay

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Light straw green; has a particularly expressive bouquet of grapefruit and white peach, replayed in turn on the palate, barrel ferment inputs are discernible, but no more, the finish crisp and minerally.
5 stars 94 points

 

SHIRAZ

2010 Henty Estate ‘Edward’ Shiraz

Very good purple-crimson hue and depth; the fruit achieved full physiological ripeness allowing maturation in 100% new oak, half French, half Hungarian; intense, but supple, spicy black fruits run side by side with the oak, and all the wine can do in bottle is improve.

5 stars 95 points

2010 Henty Estate Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition)

Good hue; like the other Henty Estate Shirazs, open-fermented, hand-plunged and basket-pressed; matured in 100% French barrels (mainly used), the wine has very attractive, juicy black fruits, supple tannins and well-integrated oak.

4.5 stars 93 points

2010 Wannon Run Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition)

The colour is slightly less bright than that of its siblings, the black fruits and licorice supported by oak from shaved French barrels and staves in tank; the fruit is definitely the driver, with a juicy finish, the tannins superfine.

4.5 stars, 90 points

2009 Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Medium red-purple; a spicy, tangy, savoury cool climate shiraz, with bright, red cherry fruit, and integrated French oak; good length and aftertaste.

4.5 stars 90 points

 

2008 Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Good hue, medium depth; has a very aromatic spiced fruit bouquet, then a powerful medium- to full-bodied palate, with layers of black fruits, spices and licorice supported by powdery tannins.

5 stars 94 points

 

2007 Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)
A vibrant bouquet, with green peppercorn and raspberry fruit, medium bodied and refined wine, with fine tannins and acid on the finish.
4.5 stars 90 points

Review from Canterbury Wines (Nick)
An absolute cracker. From a drought year, the wine is spicy, luscious, rich and velvety. The nose is drop-dead gorgeous, beautifully perfumed and full of black fruits; which leads into a powerful, deep and long palate crammed with blackberry fruit. Soft fine tannins and immaculately handled French oak complete this deceptively rich wine, which will surely blossom with a few years in the cellar – provided you can keep your hands off it!

 

2006 Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

*James Halliday Top 100 Wines – Henty Estate Shiraz 2006
Intense crimson; while only medium bodied in weight, is packed full of beautifully ripe, lip-smacking spicy black fruits, the tannins and the new French oak seamlessly interwoven. “WHAT A WINE”
5 stars 96 points

 

2005 Shiraz

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)
Strong purple – red, spicy, leafy nuances on the bouquet unexpectedly foreshadow a deep and powerful palate, with pure blackberry essence fruit supported by the excellent use of French oak.
5 stars 94 points

Review from Ralph Kyte-Powell (Epicure (11/3/2008))
Behind this elegant label lies an interesting Shiraz from Hamilton in Victoria. It’s a cool climate type with some herby notes but the blackberry-like fruit is ripe and peppery spice adds nicely savoury seasonings.
French oak is perfectly integrated and the poised, silky palate has real depth of long flavour, and finely balanced tannins.
4.5 stars A steal at this price

 

SHIRAZ CABERNET

2005 Shiraz Cabernet

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)
Herb and spicy edges to the aromas, once again, almost lusciously sweet and ripe fruit catches you by surprise, very good balance and length.
4.5 stars 93 points

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Medium crimson-purple; the warm vintage allowed this medium-bodied cabernet to reach full flavour ripeness, albeit in a cassis and red fruit spectrum; controlled French oak maturation has resulted in an elegant, well-balanced wine.

4.5 stars 91 points

 

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)
Bright, light crimson; medium-bodied, classically structured cool-grown cabernet sauvignon without any green or minty characters; very fine tannins add to the length.
5 stars 94 points

 

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review from James Halliday (The Australian Wine Companion)

Light to medium-bodied; a finely articulated cool-grown Cabernet with cassis, raspberry and blackberry fruit; fine, ripe tannins; minimal oak.
4.5 stars 90 points

 

Review from Vintage Direct

A surprise find! This is an example of a refined cool climate Cabernet. Very deep crimson colour with deep crimson hue. Ripe Cabernet top notes of cassis, blackcurrant, spice, violets and cedar. The structure of this wine is impressive, flavours of cedar and cigar box are evident over cassis, blackcurrant and spice. Long aftertaste of spice, cedar and blackcurrant.
Cellar 4-5 years (2010-2011)
4 stars

 

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Review from Ben Edwards (President of the Australian Sommeliers Association in Victoria)
The deep crimson 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Henty Estate displays cool aromas of confiture red currants, green olives, tomato leaves and hints of spice. The medium-bodied palate is finely textured with the bright red currant fruit dominating the cooler savoury aspects of this wine. The finish has a distinctly savoury twist and would be terrific with a roast leg of lamb. Enjoy until 2010.