The fruit to produce Shiraz Cabernet H Block Hentley Farm was crushed and destemmed prior to fermentation, during which 2-3 pump overs a day were used to ensure the wine achieved a full tannin structure. The Shiraz Cabernet H Block Hentley Farm was then pressed out to a combination of new (60%) and old (40%) French barrels where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked off lees and returned to oak to mature. The wines were kept separate for the first 6 months of maturation before being blended and returned to oak, a total of 22 months in oak.
The H-Block is positioned in our Otto vineyards adjacent to the Greenock Creek. The vines are grown in fertile, deep red clay loam soils with bluestone at depth. The composition and depth of the soil allow this block to show a true representation of fruit to the bottle as it requires minimal water inputs and has great airflow due to gully breezes that cascade to the creek, reducing the disease risk. Being grown on an east-west VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trellis system allows the fruit not to be exposed to any prolonged sunlight in the fruit zone resulting in fruit that is truly varietal with acidity and flavour intensity.
Bought by Keith and Alison Hentschke in 1997, Hentley Farm is located on the rich red soils of the Seppeltsfield/ Marananga area in the North Western section of Barossa Valley. At the time of acquisition, Hentey Farm were derelict and unsalvageable, which led to extensive planting in 1999, with a focus on minimising variation within each block and maximising variation between blocks. As a single-block, single-vineyard winery, Hentley Farm focuses on producing wines which highlight microclimates within the estate, basket pressing the red wines to compliment the softness of fruit. The first wines weren’t released from the property until 2002, thereafter the estate was extended with the purchase of the neighbouring Clos Otto block in 2004.
The 100 acres of fruit bearing vines are planted over a diverse landscape, offering unique flavour profiles, textures and complexities. Blocks range from low-lying creek level, approximately 200m above sea level, to 300+ metres above sea level. Within the estate, there are also numerous soil profiles, clones – anging from ancient to modern, various vine structures and directional plantings, which also play a vital role in capturing a “sense of place” through the wines themselves.
Specialising in rich, elegant, Barossa Shiraz, Hentley Farm also produces other varietals – including Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Viognier – and blends of all of these varieties. More than 20 small-batch wines are now made from the single estate each year. With such a key focus being on the vineyard, ensuring that both agricultural and environmental practices are sustainable is a key element of what Hentley Farm does. Winemaker Andrew Quin chooses not to fine or filter the premium wines because he feels that the resulting loss in phenolic compounds detracts from a true expression of site. But above all else, Hentley Farm and Andrew consider themselves “winegrowers”, with all winemaking accentuating characteristics of the vineyard from vine to bottle.