The Beast Shiraz 2018, Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley
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Rich fruit combines with an array of spices and dark chocolate on this dense nose. Traditional Beast tannins line the front of the palate with Christmas pudding and forest berries through the middle creating layers of luscious fruit and intensity. Spices and chocolate return in the back to provide length that competes with the best vintages of this wine.
Hentley Farm is a boutique single estate winery that produces wines reflective of its exceptional Seppeltsfield site and microclimates. James Halliday, the revered Australian wine critic, scored Hentley Farm with the highest average scores of any Australian winery from 2015 to 2018. Today, it remains the only Barossa Valley winery to be named Australia’s “Winery of the Year” and continues to hold 5 red star status.
The fruit was de-stemmed & left on skins in open top fermenters for 8-10 days. After an
early heat spike, a slow fermentation was achieved with temperatures ranging from 15-
18C. Cap management included a combination of open pump-overs and hand plunging.
Once fermentation was completed the wine was basket pressed to a combination of new
(60%) and 2nd use French barrels, where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The
wine spent a total of 22 months maturation in oak. No fining or filtration were used in the
production of this wine.