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Peter and Glenys Dixon have hastened slowly with Henty Estate. In 1991 they began the planting of 4.5ha of shiraz, 1ha each of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and 0.5ha of riesling. In their words, ?we avoided the temptation to make wine until the vineyard was mature', establishing the winery in 2003. Encouraged by neighbour John Thomson, they have limited the yield to 3-4 tonnes per hectare on the VSP-trained, dry-grown vineyard.
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Henty Estate is located on ancient volcanic soils at Hamilton in the Henty Wine Region of Victoria. Vines are dry grown and cropped at low levels producing fruit with intense flavours. This fruit is used in traditional wine making with open fermenting, hand plunging, basket pressing and maturation in high quality French oak. Wines styles produced are highly aromatic and fruit driven with fine tannins and supple texture.
Cool climate Shiraz is the standout red variety displaying primary fruit flavours of blackberry and cherry with pepper and spices evident on the palate combined with fine silky tannins.
Chardonnay is made with a portion matured in new French barriques adding texture and complexity to the citrus, lime and pear flavour profile with fine acid and minerality.
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