2015 Hentley Farm Cabernet Sauvignon

Are you familiar with the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (in English means Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in case you were wondering) in Barcelona?  If you’re not, let me tell you something about this church. 

They started building it in 1882 (the year Brisbane became the first city to install electric lighting).  Expected completion date (with the emphasis on ‘expected’) is 2026 so, not that far away (he says tongue in cheek).

I’ve no doubt you’re wondering what this has to do with this wine. Well, it’s because, for a wine at this price point, the time, effort and attention to detail that has gone into providing a wine of this quality is not dissimilar to the building of that Basilica.  It all comes down to the end result. Not the cost, time or hours it took to get there.

However, unlike the Basilica, everything about this wine is, well, new and fresh right from start to finish.  The nose is lifted and fruity as you’d expect and this is what the palate is like too.  The one thing that is really surprising is, it doesn’t have that cabernet mid palate ‘hole’.  There’s a pluminess that seems to fill that void.  The other thing is, for such a young wine it seems to be weighty but not so.  Rich but subtle. Know what I mean?  I like how it seems to glide around your mouth too.  For a young Barossa cabernet, it surprised the hell out of me.  Mind you, we drank it over 2+ hours in big Reidel glassware so it the time and space to settle down.  Loved it.


Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia     Price: $28.50     Source: Sample


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