Andrew Quin entered this wine into the most recent Barossa Wine Show where it scooped the pool:
• 97 points
• Gold medal and top score for 2016 Shiraz
• Trophy for Best 2016 Shiraz
• Trophy for Best Shiraz
In the glass this is dark, dense purpley red. On the nose, sweet dark plum and blueberry fruit mingle with spice and vanilla. And on the palate you’ll find plum, blueberry and pomegranate with a hint of anise. This is lush and viscous but with fresh acidity a counterbalance to its power and depth. A long finish and firm tannins complete the structure in this concentrated wine. Seems effortlessly balanced as only a good wine can - this is a beauty. 14.5% alcohol.
This is the side venture of Andrew Quin, chief winemaker at Hentley Farm. And it's impressive - super impressive. Dense, powerful and complex, yet intensely focused, concentrated and smooth. A perfect balance of strength and vibrancy, restrained use of oak and firm but smooth tannins. Power with finesse. A top example of ‘new’ Barossa.
All became clear when I started googling. Andrew Quin has been chief winemaker at the highly regarded Hentley Farm since 2008, during which time he has accumulated an impressive list of awards including:
- Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee 2011 and 2013
- Best Red Wine of the Show at the Barossa Valley Wine Show 2013
- James Halliday Winery of the Year 2015
- Barons of Barossa Winemaker of the Year 2017