2006 Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red
Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Padthaway
Wine Rating: 91
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Monday, Wine No. 1
50% Shiraz – 42% Cabernet Sauvignon – 8% Merlot
A bit surprisingly this wine was a crowd pleaser. It’s big and assertive, and “in your face” kind of wine. There is no mistaking this for a Shiraz (in spite of its Cabernet and Merlot components) and it’s made in a bold and sassy style. The wine is really dark — an inky purple color. It’s beautiful in the light. On the nose there is lots of fruit — red raspberries, strawberry, and ripe plum. There’s almost a candy store licorice small, but it’s definitely not off-putting. in the mouth it bursts with flavor. It’s explosive with red fruits, ripe plum, cola, and pepper. For all the assertiveness, though, it is remarkably balanced. The tannins are bold but not overpowering, the alcohol (15%!) burns a bit but balances the ripeness of the fruit, and the finish lingers with appropriate oak and humus (yes, there is a definite terroir in this one). It’s a mouthful, and it’s a joy to drink. Next time I’ll leave it in the bottle for another year or two, and decant it for at least an hour. Extraordinary value.
$10.79 widely available