Henry’s Drive Vignerons was established by Kim Longbottom and her late hus-band Mark and takes it’s name from the 19th century Mail Coach service that once ran through their property. Back then coaches were the only means of moving people and their mail through the farming and wine growing areas of South East-ern South Australia and the men who drove them had the respect and admiration of all. Around Padthaway that duty fell to Henry John Hill and his route was known as “Henry’s Drive”. Things have moved on somewhat but hard work and dedication remains as Kim continues to build the business she started with Mark with a singular aim as strong now as it was then— to craft outstanding wines from one of Australia’s great wine growing regions.
This is the signature wine of Henry’s Drive Vignerons and encompasses our ap-proach to winemaking at it’s finest. Only the most exceptional parcels of fruit are hand selected from our family vineyard. Made with minimal intervention, this wine is a true expression of the vineyard, variety and terroir of Padthaway.
“The creation of Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz was the vision and passion of my late husband, Mark Longbottom. With this wine, I pay tribute to his strength, de-termination and character.” Kim Longbottom
A complex wine that changes and evolves with time in the glass, exhibiting per-fumed aromas of thyme and lavender along with spearmint, tea leaves and dark berry fruits. The palate is rich and layered with bright berry fruits, subtle earthi-ness, dark toasted spice, hints of smoke and fresh mint. A concentrated, complex and structural wine with a full finish and fine long tannins.
Fermented on skins for 5-7 days, with the final stages being completed in barrel to impart integrated oak and soft approachable tannins. Matured for 20 months in a mixture of old and new, French and American oak.
The fruit for the Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz is sourced exclusively from a single family vineyard in Padthaway. Grown on a gentle slope in deep sandy soil with patches of red loam, on a limestone base. Huge old Red Gum Eucalyptus trees border the vineyard offering protection from the elements while imparting subtle flavours into the fruit.
The deep garnet-purple colored 2009 M Reserve Shiraz is a single-vineyard wine with quite a youthful and primary nose showing lots of warm black fruits, eucalypt, chocolate and a bit of oak poking through. Full-bodied, big and concentrated, the palate is very minty and structured by medium levels of chewy tannins, lively acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019. - Robert Parker 92 Points
This full-bodied Shiraz is muscular yet supple, with soft tannins framing dark, savory notes of sour plum, black olive and brown sugar. The long finish adds mocha and roasted meat nuances to the complex mix. Drink now–2025. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points
Fresh, vibrant and focused, with a wide range of cherry, black fruit, licorice and smoke notes combining harmoniously and finishing with oomph. A bit hot, but impressive nonetheless. Drink now through 2018. 1,150 cases made.–HS - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points