McHenry Hohnen Vintners

 best drinking summer wine


McHenry Hohnen Calgardup Brook chardonnay 2015 ($55)

Another superb wine from this vineyard which always seems to produce wines of such delicate finesse and fineness. This is right on the money but still with an intensity and persistence that stamps the chardonnay style. As good as any from this vineyard.

Score: 96/100    Cellar: 7 years

McHenry Hohnen Amigos shiraz mataro Grenache 2014 ($28)

Generously proportioned red wine with loads of dark plump fleshy fruit. Dark chocolate and dark satsuma plum splashed liberally with spices and a dash of black pepper. Meaty and solid with a plushness and richness throughout. Ideal for current drinking.

Score: 92/100    Cellar: 4 years

McHenry Hohnen Hazel’s Vineyard cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($60)

Smooth and textured cabernet sauvignon. Has a meaty and chocolaty character to the blackcurrant richness of this variety. The oak is well handled and the palate denser and concentrated. Has a little of that varietal wert cement character and a touch of graphite. Nicer medium term wine.

Score: 90/100    Cellar: 5 years

McHenry Hohnen Amigos marsanne chardonnay roussanne 2012 ($28)

It’s an interesting combination and works so well with the chardonnay bring the power and the other Rhone varieties adding a lean angular character to the palate. The wild yeast barrel fermentation adds another dimension of palate richness while also ensuring that linear minerality is maintained. A wine that gets even better with a little age.

Score: 91/100     Cellar: 6 years

McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road cabernet merlot 2014 ($25)

This is a nice entry point red wine from these guys. It’s fleshy and generous cabernet and merlot with loads of dark fruit characters lurking within. A little touch of oak adds to the mix while the ripe tannins help it through easily to a long finish.

Score: 89/100    Cellar: 5 years
McHenry Hohnen Rolling Stone 2013 ($90)

This is McHenry Hohnen’s super premium development and it has really hit the mark since the first release a couple of years ago. This is another outstanding wine. IT is a blend of cabernet sauvignon Malbec, merlot and petit verdot. Such a rich and concentrated wine with masses of blackcurrant and fruit cakey plum and black olive characters. Smooth rich texture with a complex weave of tannin and oak. Has a slightly liqueur character which brings further complexity into it. Super wine.

Score: 97/100    Cellar: 20 years





McHenry Hohnen Amigos White 2012 ($27)

A distinctive wine that is the result of a blend of marsanne, chardonnay and roussanne. It’s rich and lavishly textured which you would expect from these varieties. Creamy rich honey and stone fruit on the palate which is smooth and soft. This is a food-friendly, full-bodied style with lots of appeal.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 5 years

McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road semillon sauvignon blanc 2014 ($20)

Opens with lovely herbal and tropical fruit aromatics on the nose. It’s such an enticing beginning to a wine that offers just a little more than the stock standard fare for this combination. Crunchy lively palate with a lingering fruit-driven finish.

SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years

McHenry Hohnen Burnside Vineyard chardonnay 2013 ($40)

Classy chardonnay from this outstanding vineyard. Nutty cereal and grapefruit characters on the nose and palate. It’s remarkably complex on the nose with subtle nuances emerging with each sniff. The palate is seamless and so rich but with admirable restraint and focused control. Slightly more restrained than previous vintages but still with that characteristic vineyard textural mouthfeel.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 8 years

McHenry Hohnen Hazel’s Vineyard cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($49)

This is a new release that honours McHenry’s mother, the legendary Hazel. It’s a cracking good wine that shows such character and style from this southern Margaret River region. Meaty blackcurrant fruit characters with excellent French oak infusion. Layered dark chocolate and mocha character. A wine of poise and character, just like its namesake.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years

 McHenry Hohnen Hazel’s Vineyard zinfandel 2013 ($40)

No mistaking the classic characters of this zinfandel. Loads of liqueur chocolate and ripe brambly dark fruits on the nose with a generous and warm palate. Good fruit and French oak balance with a long finish. Certain one for the zin fans.

SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 5 years

McHenry Hohnen Rolling Stone 2012 ($90)

The second release of this super premium cabernet blend. It’s cabernet dominant with malbec, merlot and petit verdot. This is another cracking wine, right up there with the initial release. Meaty blackcurrant with graphite and toasty oak influence. Deep and immensely concentrated with powerful fruit. The substantial ripe tannins are fully integrated and balanced while the oak has been astutely applied. A wine with heaps of potential.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 20 years


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