McHenry Hohnen 2016 Rolling Stone
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The nose is a display of fragrant violet, black currant and blueberry confection complemented by savoury notes of black olive tapenade, tobacco leaf and dusty dark chocolate.
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Rolling Stone represents the pinnacle of McHenry Hohnen’s red wine production and is the most authentic expression of Hazel’s Vineyard, the producer’s southernmost vineyard. Biodynamic farming, meticulous vineyard management and the utmost attention to detail in the winery all contribute to a wine that speaks of the land. This wine is crafted from select parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
The nose is a display of fragrant violet, black currant and blueberry confection complemented by savoury notes of black olive tapenade, tobacco leaf and dusty dark chocolate. The palate is opulent yet refined, combining tense dark fruits and sweet spice with firm gravelly tannins providing impressive length. Made in very limited quantities, this wine expresses the pure essence of Hazel’s Vineyard, the wine producer’s remarkable southern Margaret River site.
The best parcels of fruit were fermented in open stone fermenters with the use of indigenous yeasts. Some of the wines were left on skins post fermentation for several weeks to provide savouriness and structure to the blend. Others were pressed earlier for freshness and aromatic lift. Each variety was kept separate and aged in the finest selection of French oak barrels for 18-months prior to bottling. The wine remains unfined and unfiltered.
Produced with fruit from Hazel’s Vineyard, McHenry Hohnen’s southernmost vineyard. The vineyard was certified biodynamic in 2020 and is characterised by coarse ironstone gravel loam soil, Southern Ocean breezes, a northerly aspect and plenty of Margaret River sunshine.
A mild winter with average rain levels produced a vigorous start to the season, characterised by good flowering and fruit-set conditions through spring. Margaret River escaped the traditional spring storms, allowing for increased yields across the more sensitive varieties, namely Chardonnay, which was a timely result given consecutive low-yield seasons.
Clear and warm weather during summer saw optimal ripening conditions for white varieties. A significant rain event mid-January caused some disease pressure for vineyards further north in the cape; however the winery’s southern location ensured that any rain helped finish off the ripening process for their ‘dry grown’ sites. Reds were picked from mid-March in optimum condition with resulting wines showing full tannin ripeness and flavour. Yet another stellar Margaret River vintage.
‘Cabernet sauvignon 36%, malbec 27%, merlot 27%, petit verdot 10%, all Hazel’s Vineyard. It sits on the bolder side of medium weight, but it’s superbly elegant and superbly persistent. It presents a velvety flow of blackcurrant, dark chocolate, gravel, peppercorn and wood smoke-like flavours and, while the pull of tannin is strong, the flow of fruit will not be halted. Sensational example of a Margaret River cabernet blend.’ – Rating 97/100 and rated amongst the Best of the Best, James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 (Campbell Mattinson)
‘Deepish red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is chocolaty and cedary, Bordelais oak-infused complexity, the palate full-bodied and stately, with good density and drying, savoury tannins. A marvellously elegant, complex, multi-dimensional red, cabernet-driven and follows the Bordeaux model closely. A terrific glass of wine now and for many years hence.’ – Score 96/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
‘This blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot has rich, earthy style with ripe dark berries and plums on offer, as well as dark spices, graphite and forest wood. The medium-bodied palate has an appealing, elegant feel and red-plum and berry flavors to close.’ – Nick Stock – James Suckling Margaret River Review 2020
|Brand name: McHenry Hohnen Vintners
Region: 100% Margaret River
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Merlot/Petit Verdot
Winemaker: Jacopo Dalli Cani
Current Vintage: 2016
Alcohol volume: 14.8%