Sitting at the apex of the Hentley Farm range is Clos Otto, the ultimate expression of shiraz at Hentley Farm. It is named after the previous owner, Otto Kasper, who used a cutting from an ageing and secret Shiraz clone to plant the Clos Otto vineyard which consistently yields super low quantities with ultra rich flavours. This wine may not be as famous as some of its illustrious Barossa neighbours but supreme shiraz at this level doesn’t stay secret for long.
The Clos Otto has become known for its capacity to combine richness and intensity with complexity and elegance, and this vintage is no different. Rich primary fruit characters of blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant combine with spices of nutmeg and cumin and floral notes of violet and jasmine. This nose is made all the more complex with the addition of underlying aromatics of mocha, truffle, and mushroom. The palate provides a silky texture that coats the palate without overpowering, providing length and ageability. Flavours persist from start to finish and mirror the balance and complexity shown on the nose.
2013 & 2012 – 97 points James Halliday
2011 – 94 points James Halliday
2010 & 2009 – 96 points James Halliday