2005 Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red Padthaway (Cab/Shiraz/Merlot)

Price: $8.99 @ K&L Wines imported by The Grateful Palate

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines “91 points Robert Parker: “There are 70,000 cases of the 2005 Red, a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from young vines. However, this is no wimpy wine at 15% alcohol. An unbelievable value, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as an uplifted, projected nose of sweet red and black fruits, earth, and spice box. Supple-textured with a voluptuous mouthfeel and unbelievable richness, this wine clearly over-delivers. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.” (10/06)

K&L’s notes – Another amazing Aussie red value for less than $10. As good as the 2004 is, I think the 2005 is even better! (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie buyer)”

What I Think:

This one I had read about in a few different venues over the last few months. Given that I was actually surprised it was still available when I went to track it down. This wine is a blend, not unlike one I tried a while back from Penfold’s (the Koonunga Hill, it was a disaster), of 53% Shiraz, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon & 12% Merlot. Balancing my spotty history with blends versus the accolades I twisted the bottle open. Wow, very strong odors of plums and mint on the nose, real hot must be loaded with alcohol. It seemed dark and brooding. In the mouth, the texture could be characterized as supple and perhaps a bit inky. The intense lighter fruit flavors (plums, cherries) were so strong they make you think it is all dark fruit. At least, I always equated intense with dark so I found this a difficult hurdle to clear. This wine still has a “hotness” running through it in the mouth that seems like a combination of spices, wood and alcohol. This is certainly a lot of wine for the money. Each sip seems to be a slightly different representation of the contents. Can you appreciate a wine for its uniqueness? If so this is the bottle for you. Really everyone should try this wine. You may not like it but you can surely appreciate it and someone out there will certainly love it. Besides how often do you get a chance to try something Parker gives 91 points for $9?

Rating: Buy It

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