Henrys Drive is a new range to us at JN Wine and we recently had the pleasure of a visit from Renae at our Crossgar shop a few months ago. Renae was utterly charming and down to earth and we really enjoyed hearing about the wines and the property.
Henrys Drive is named after Henry John Hill, the proprietor of the 19th century coach service which delivered passengers and mail throughout the region. The region in question is Padthaway in the South east corner of South Australia – a picturesque valley with soils similar to those of Coonawarra (red earth).
We were taken with the quality and diversity of the wines. The morse code Shiraz andChardonnay are a fantastic introduction to the wines of the region and incredibly good value for money. Australian Shiraz is hugely successful and very popular and for good reason. Although Syrah and Shiraz are different names for the same grape, it makes absolute sense for the Australians to have given it another name as the grape expresses itself in such a unique way in this country. Henrys Drive make a whole range of wines from this fabulous grape, each different in style. The top wines are beautiful expressions of regionality and are made from tiny parcels of their very best quality grapes.