“Henley is named in honour of my Grandfather, who passed away at the ripe old age of 102. This wine is the best of the best of our McLaren Vale Shiraz and only a maximum of 10 barrels of the Vintage are set aside for Henley.” – Geoff Merrill
As a winemaker the vintage classification tasting is the most exciting time following vintage each year. It gives us the chance to taste and decide which
barrels we believe to be the best of the previous years vintage.
The 2000 “Henley” blend is taken from vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, with an average vine age of 40 years. The largest portion of fruit comes from vineyards planted on limestone laced with abundant marine fossils, the balance of the blend is off 65 year old vines planted on the flood plains which typically vary in character from silty clay to coarse sandy gravel deposited from ancient river systems.
Following a strict barrel selection ”Henley” is then blended and refilled to new Radoux Allier French oak hogsheads to marry and mature further prior to bottling (October 2004) and then extended bottle maturation in our cellars prior to release.