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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Hentley Farm The Stray Mongrel 2015

Spends time in old French (70%) and American (30%) barrels - undergo natural malolactic fermentation then returned to oak to mature for a total of 8 months.

At risk of being labelled a wine bore (it's OK, the label fits), I include such detail as it's important to the context of Hentley Farm, where it seems they are pairing back on oak a little and allowing variety and region to express themselves a little more clearly.

Sink your nose into this one folks, a comforting olfactory experience. Red fruits in the main, touch of prune, a little oak in the mix. A little hardwood

Light on entry, a little red fruit, rub of tannin and a spike of heat from the alcohol. There's reasonable length - chalky, powdery tannin. Commendable 90 

Tasted on: Thursday 7th June, a Leaf to Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $28.50
Alcohol: 14.7%
Closure: Screwcap

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