Uncorked: Hentley Farm

I’m now blogging and tweeting every Friday fortnight on behalf of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. At each ‘Uncorked’ and Meet The Maker, I’ll be meeting people, tasting wines and offering some insight from the point of view of wine lover, not expert. Follow me on twitter (MAC_KATIE), keep an eye out for the #adelaide and #uncorked tags, or check out the blogs every week here, or via the National Wine Centre on facebook. If you’re in town from 4:30pm onwards, drop by and sample some of the yummiest wines South Australia has to offer!

A warm afternoon was all the encouragement needed to get the party started at Uncorked on Friday. With part of the proceeds of the bar going towards 40k Foundation and their work with India, an evening of guilt-free wine tasting awaited us.

Barossa’s Hentley Farm was the featured winery. Danny, the cellar door manager lead the Meet The Maker for the evening. He guided us through some of the favourites, including ‘The Exception’ Riesling (the only wine not grown at the actual vineyard), which reminded me of a lemon meringue pie: and the perfect way to start the evening.

Perhaps the most interesting moment was learning some new wine facts that will obviously be handy for pub trivia: I have to admit that I had no idea of the origins of Zinfandel until then. I won’t tell you where it’s from, but look it up: guaranteed yours will be the only team that gets the answer right!

Without a doubt the favourite wines for the evening were the two Shiraz’s – ‘Beauty’ and the “Beast”. The room literally erupted into excitement when we moved on to them. Danny explained that while the ‘Beauty’ was a softer shiraz, tasting it after the gutsier ‘Beast’ would only accentuate the softness more. I wasn’t going to disagree.

My personal pick was the 2010 Grenache Shiraz Zinfandel – totally unique as a blend, the earthy grenache and shiraz flavours were highlighted with tastes of vanilla and star anise sneaking through. Although he assured us the ‘Stray Mongrel’ blend wasn’t named after anyone in particular, the glint in Danny’s eye told us otherwise.

With music helping to keep the party rolling along, perhaps the most telling sign of a successful evening was the bar literally running out of the wines by the end of the night!

16 September 2011

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