Henry's Drive Parsons Flat Shiraz Cabernet 2004
The blend is 73% Shiraz and 27% Cabernet, yielding a full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that still shows touches of Cabernet structure. On the palate, robust notes of cassis, mocha, tobacco, spice, dried fruit and chocolate. Spices from shiraz adds to the cabernet structure. Not boring at all.
2004 is a good vintage. 10 years' bottle ageing adds to some complexity.
Score is high, such as RP93, who says "From the same team (growers Kim and Mark Longbottom and winemaker Kim Johnston) that runs Henry’s Drive, this wine is made in a similar style. Produced from 6- to 12-year-old vines, it is a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% American oak, of which 80% is new. It is an in-your-face, exuberant, flamboyant Aussie red boasting loads of espresso roast, toasty oak, blackberries, cassis, and licorice. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous, with oodles of glycerin and depth, this hussy requires drinking during its first 7-8 years of life, although it may last even longer."