Jun 23, 2015

National Wine Centre Adelaide, with Hentley Farm

Having blown into town Friday morning what better thing to do to clear out the jet lag than a Meet The Maker Uncorked Master Class at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.
Luckily some forethought was applied and tickets were procured prior to leaving California. Do they always sell out you ask? Not sure, but probably most times as these are some really nice events. At only $25 one of the best values we have come across.
This Uncorked event was with wine maker Andrew Quin from Hentley Farm. Having had a chat with Andrew on his recent trip through California it just seemed right that he would be at the National Wine Centre the night we went.

There are some Hentley Farm wines in the wine fridge and resting in foam casks at home and their wines are ones that we never turn down a glass or three.

Andrew started us all of with a lovely 2015 Riesling from Eden Valley. This is not only a lovely wine, but have had some nice ones from this special region and it seemed that even a couple of the 'not into Riesling' brigade slurped it all down.
Andrew told the story of how Hentley Farm came to be and the evolution of the place and talked us through the respective vintages.

A little history from the website;

'Set on the red-brown soils of the western Barossa Valley, Hentley Farm founders Keith and Alison Hentschke acquired the 150 acre vineyard and mixed farming property in the 1990s. Following extensive research to find out where the best red wine grapes in the Barossa Valley were being produced, their studies led them towards the rich red soils of the Seppeltsfield area. Keith used an old soil map from the 1950s to strategically locate the best parcels of land and after a number of years acquired Hentley Farm. 
With a focus on perfecting the vineyards, the first wines weren’t released from the property until 2002. The estate was extended with the purchase of the neighbouring high quality Clos Otto block in 2004.'

The tasting went on to the 2014 Stray Mongrel, 2014 Barossa Shiraz, 2014 Grenache and last but not least the lovely and sensual 2013 Beauty Shiraz. What a great evening with tons of interesting info and a lot of insight to the wine making and vineyard philosophy of Andrew and Hentley Farm. Not to mention those lovely Hentley Farm wines in the great setting of the National Wine Centre.

Again the National Wine Centre Uncorked event was a smashing success!

Happy tasting Adventures,