Project Description

Hentley Farm

Barossa Valley

A single estate-focused James Halliday 5 Star Winery

Hentley Farm is a single estate focused winery. The 100 acres of fruit bearing vines are planted over a diverse landscape, offering unique flavour profiles, textures and complexities. The first wines weren’t released from the property until 2002, thereafter the estate was extended with the purchase of the neighbouring Clos Otto block in 2004.

While the Hentschke family first settled in the Barossa Valley in 1842 and remained there for many generations, Hentley Farm founder Keith Hentschke grew up on a family property which included a small vineyard at Lameroo in South Australia about 250km away. After studying Agricultural Science and Wine Marketing at Roseworthy College, Keith graduated with the prestigious Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize for the college’s most outstanding student.

Keith’s extensive experience within the wine and agricultural industry is the foundation of his belief that careful vineyard selection is the key to producing high quality wines. Extensive research to find out where the best red wine grapes in the Barossa Valley were being produced led Keith and his wife Alison towards the rich red soils generally overlying limestone of the Seppeltsfield/Marananga area in the North Western section of the Barossa Valley.

The Hentschke’s then used an old soil map produced in the 1950s to pinpoint the perfect parcels of land which led to the acquisition of the 150 acre derelict vineyard and mixed farming property on the banks of Greenock Creek, Seppeltsfield in 1997. The derelict vines were past being retrievable and subsequently extensive planting took place in 1999 with a focus on minimising variation within each block but maximising variation between blocks. This approach led to the planting of five varieties, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Viognier and Zinfandel across many small blocks with significant variation in topography, clones, sub soils and vine structures.

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Wines

Hentley Farm Clos Otto Shiraz

With vines planted by previous owner Otto Kasper using a cutting from an ageing and secret Shiraz clone, the Clos Otto vineyard consistently yields super low quantities with ultra rich flavours.

2016

Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz

Selected from a single block high on the hill of the estate, where the soils are shallow and the sunlight is even, the Beast exhibits great concentration of flavour and richness.

2017
2016

Hentley Farm The Beauty Shiraz

Grown on the coolest block and co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, the Beauty displays complex lifted aromatics along with the softness and subtlety befitting a wine of this name.

2016
2014

Hentley Farm Old Legend Grenache

Grown on a slope near a creek, this single-block Grenache intrigues with its lightness yet vibrant complexity.

2018

Hentley Farm Estate Shiraz

The Estate Shiraz displays the treasured characteristics the property naturally produces: saturated colour, fruit intensity and soft, savoury tannins.

2018

Hentley Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard founder Keith Hentschke went against the grain when selecting three hillside sites to plant Cabernet, and the risk has paid off.

2018

Hentley Farm The Marl Shiraz

Parcels of fruit from the North Western section of the Barossa Valley with red clay loam over marl produce this high quality expression of Shiraz.

2018
2017

Hentley Farm The Marl Cabernet Sauvignon

Parcels of fruit from the North Western section of the Barossa Valley with red clay loam over marl produce this high quality expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.

2018
2017

Hentley Farm The Marl Grenache

Parcels of fruit from the North Western section of the Barossa Valley with red clay loam over marl produce this high quality expression of Grenache.

2018
2016

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