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Henry’s Drive ‘Morse Code’ Shiraz 2016

29 August,2017
Morse Code is an entry-level brand of Henry’s Drive, the Padthaway winegrowing business of Kim Longbottom. Henry’s Drive is named after the proprietor of the 19th century mail service that once ran through the property. The Morse Code label acknowledges the role of this communication language that was essential at the time foe the mail service. The wine has proven over the many vintages to be ripe, flavoursome and accessible. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Procure Liquor. Here, I review the new 2016 Morse Code Shiraz.


Henry’s Drive ‘Morse Code’ South Australia Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with deep, sweetly ripe fruit aromas of blackberries with a subtle amalgam of black pepper, mint herb, eucalypt and subtle spice notes. The aromatics build in intensity in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is rich, sweet and juicy with plush, ripe fruit flavours of blackberries and dark raspberries, along with hints of black pepper and eucalypt, unfolding spice notes and mint. The fruit is supported by light, grainy tannin extraction providing background structure, enhancing accessibility. The acidity is integrated and the wine flows easily to a juicy, positive finish with a little textural grip. This is an up-front, sweetly ripe and juicy Shiraz with accessible blackberry and raspberry fruit with pepper, mint and eucalypt notes. A great wine for barbecues. From Henry’s Drive, fruit based on vineyards in Padthaway. South Australia, fermented to 14.5% alc. and bottled within 12 months to retain freshness. 17.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $20.00
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