A focused red that presents aromas of violets, dried oregano and thyme and cherry which lead to flavors of sweet red fruits, toasted spices and notes of earth and dried herbs. Medium-firm tannins integrate with hints of cigar box and oak on the long, velvety finish.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2007 The Trial of John Montford Cabernet Sauvignon contains 10% Cabernet Franc. It spent 14 months in 40% new, mostly French oak. Dark ruby-colored, the wine receives a pleasant herbal lift from the Cabernet Franc component. Aromas of cigar box, cinnamon, cassis, and black currants lead to a medium to full-bodied, savory wine in which earth notes, spice box, and dried herbs make an appearance. Ripe, balanced, and lengthy, it will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well from 2011 to 2019.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Ripe and supple, a big wine with finesse, showing spicy, savory overtones to the lingering dark cherry and mint flavors. Drink now through 2012. 1,200 cases made. –HS
(Oct 15 2009)
Henry’s Drive Vignerons was founded by Kim Longbottom and her late husband Mark in Padthaway, South Australia in 1992. With almost 500 acres under vine, the family has Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho. The Henry’s Drive winemaking team is led by Renae Hirsch and Kim Jackson, consulting winemaker. Renae brings over a decade of experience, having held winemaking positions in France, Germany, the United States and Australia. The first vintage of Henry’s Drive was released in 1996.
|(90% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Cabernet Franc). 100% single vineyard, estate fruit sourced from a parcel of 12 year old vines grown on red loamy soil over limestone. After fermentation the wine macerated on its skins for upwards of five weeks and matured for 14 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels of which 60% was neutral and 40% new oak.