2019 McHenry Hohnen Hazel Vineyard Zinfandel

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Powerful and dark Zinfandel, one of the best Australian expressions of Zin.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Through Cape Mentelle and now McHenry Hohnen, David Hohnen has been one of Australia's greatest supporters of Zinfandel, releasing supremely powerful and cellarworthy examples.

Fruit is from the Hazel’s Vineyard, their southernmost vineyard, slightly more inland, that sees plenty of warming sunshine..

A small portion of whole bunch included, fermented in concrete, then 18 months in French and American oak.

A dynamic and intense wine, highlighted by dark fruit, brown spices, mocha chocolate and a forceful but velvety palate.

A lifted nose of spiced red plums, raspberries and star anise combine with red liquorice and cinnamon stick. The medium bodied palate displays cranberry confection, sour cherries and dried flowers, and is driven by a lovely acidity. The structure is silky, yet defined by chocolate-like tannins. This fruit driven Zinfandel is guaranteed to please as a young wine but will improve with careful cellaring over the years.

95 Points - "Deep ruby and purple highlights. Blackberries, bitter chocolate and roast coffee bean aromatics. Big and bold on entry, dark fruits wash around the palate with vigour until a steadying hand of gravelly tannins brings control and drive. With that drive layers of earthy spices, bitter herbs sweet mocha notes become apparent. The structure carries great length and finishes dry and aromatic. I'm reminded more of Italian primitivo than American zinfandel." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

95 Points - "Lodi clone, from Western corner of Hazel's vineyard. Whole-berry ferment in concrete, 10 days on skins, pressed to seasoned American and French hogshead for 16 months. Wow - what a nose! An abundant spread of forest fruits; mulberry, raspberry, blackberry, five-spice and clove. Licorice and cocoa. The texture on the palate is chalky, the tannins soft but omnipresent. This is a cracker of a wine with balance, elegance and spice. It's got plushness and depth too, though." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    2 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Lovey Zinfandel

    Lovely, powerful Zinfandel with a deep fruity flavour

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