Geoff Merrill, Shiraz Henley, Boxed, 2005
If you were ever looking for a true icon of the Australia wine industry - the Geoff Merrill ‘Henley’ Shiraz is not a myth, but a genuine benchmark wine which you can find. Crafted from a strict selection of only the best vintages of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Named in honour of Geoff’s Grandfather, who passed away at the ripe old age of 102. The ‘best of the best’ - crafted from only 10 barrels of this vintage, set aside to become the ‘Henley’ Shiraz.
As you pour into an appropriate wine glass, you will be greeted by wonderful depth and intensity of colour for its age. The aroma is nothing but generous and inviting showcasing McLaren Vale Shiraz characters. Which means dark cherries and sweet plums which are complemented by toasty French oak and a myriad of tertiary aromas developing as the wine matures. The palate is full and engaging and yet showing controlled restraint and perfectly shuffling its fine layers perfectly and seamlessly onto your senses. The tannins are powerful but not raw, come forward supporting and lifting the ripe dark fruit flavours giving a distinctive and elegant structure, balance and length to this exceptional wine. Truly a wine to be sipped and savoured as time in the glass reveals more layers and hidden qualities.