McHenry Hohnen 2018 Rocky Road Shiraz
McHenry Hohnen 2018 Rocky Road Shiraz

McHenry Hohnen 2018 Rocky Road Shiraz

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A seductive bouquet of fresh blueberries with a strawberry-and-cream confection gives way to cherry cola and fragrant white pepper notes.

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Since its inception, McHenry Hohnen has had an unwavering focus on crafting site-expressive wines. As their vines age and the soils continue to evolve, they see the land’s individuality and beauty continually manifesting themselves in their wines. 100% Hazel’s Vineyard - certified biodynamic in 2020. Our southernmost vineyard is characterised by coarse ironstone gravel loam soil, Southern Ocean breezes, a northerly aspect and plenty of Margaret River sunshine.

Description

Made from estate fruit grown in southern Margaret River, the McHenry Hohnen 2018 Rocky Road Shiraz is spicy, exotic and layered with beautiful tannins. A wine that over-delivers.

Tasting notes

A seductive bouquet of fresh blueberries with a strawberry-and-cream confection give way to cherry cola and fragrant white pepper notes. A soft and juicy palate abounds with ripe blueberries, Satsuma plums and red berry sweets. Whilst underlying milk chocolate, fresh vanilla pods and sweetened spices make for a memorable marriage of flavours, a velvety structure with lingering flavours makes this wine a crowd pleaser in any situation!

Winemaker notes

The fruit for this wine comes from Hazel’s Vineyard which is McHenry Hohnen’s southernmost vineyard. Whole berries were transferred by gravity into 5-tonne concrete fermenters. 30% of the fruit was hand harvested for whole-bunch fermentation and additional spice and aromatic lift. It underwent wild fermentation at low temperatures, while gentle extraction was carried out by pumping over twice daily. After 8-14 days on skins, the juice was pressed and transferred to large format oak casks for 14 months’ maturation.

Vintage report

After desirable conditions during flowering, the summer started cool and wet, slowing down the growing season significantly. Conditions improved in late February, developing into a perfect Indian summer. The result is whites that are packed with energy and poise, and reds that received the benefit of a long, cool ripening period, which promoted tannin ripeness and complex flavour development. Alcohols are lower than previous years, even with greater physiological ripeness.

Reviews

‘Deep red colour with tints of black and purple. The aromas remind of raspberry jam and ‘forest floor’, herbal and earth notes, the palate medium-bodied at most, with a soft and savoury texture and light, powdery tannins. The finish drops away rather quickly. It fades a bit but the wine is very approachable young.’ – Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 88 pts

 

Product specifications

Brand name: McHenry Hohnen Vintners
Region: 100% Margaret River
Variety: 100% shiraz
Winemaker: Jacopo Dalli Cani
Current Vintage: 2018
Alcohol volume: 13.3%