Andrew Quin, Chief Winemaker at Hentley Farm, has launched his own label (while still maintaining his duties at Hentley!) - Quin Wines.
With his own label he has found more freedom to experiment in the winery, creating absolutely stunning wines of elegance and finesse, while still retaining the classic Barossa intensity. Andrew's philosophy is one of respect for tradition, but always pushing the boundaries. And that is clearly evident in his wines.
This is the wine that beat Andrew's other trophy winning Shiraz in the 2018 Barossa Wine Show, and took out Best Shiraz of Show - not bad for a debut label. It's inky and dark, with layers of rich fruit, supported by pillowy-soft tannins. A powerful yet elegant Barossa Shiraz, from a master winemaker.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from 3 separate blocks from our 7 Ha vineyard located on the banks of Greenock creek. Planted in the mid 90’s on their own roots, this 1654 clone 1654 Shiraz thrives on the red clay loam over limestone that makes this one of the great sub-regions of the Barossa. East/west row orientation provides perfect sun protection through the heat of the growing season and the south facing aspect creates bright fruit and an air of elegance.
10% was hand harvested and direct tipped into an open top fermenter for whole bunch fermentation. The remainder was harvested in the cool of the morning and delivered to the winery where it was destemmed into an open top fermenter. Time on skins ranged from ten – thirty days before the wines were basket pressed, settled overnight and racked to seasoned French oak. The wine was blended in September then returned to oak for maturation for a total of twenty months.
The nose shows a classic Barossa Shiraz style of blueberry, blackberry and red currant. There's spice there too, and hints of vanilla. The palate is soft and round with lovely intensity and layers of rich, dark, fruit.
Partners in crime and explorers at heart, Andrew and Skye Quin are the team behind Quin wines. Having travelled the world together, they finally settled in the Barossa, with a trailer of second-hand furniture and heads full of dreams. Andrew has spent the last 10 years as Chief Winemaker for Hentley Farm, during which time he has collected a swathe of awards and accolades. But 2018 saw the launch of his own brand: Quin Wines. His philosophy is simple - respect tradition, but continue to push boundaries. And that bigger is not always better!
BAROSSA VALLEY WINE SHOW 2018
Best Shiraz of Show
Deep, dense, concentrated red/purple colour, with a deep, super-ripe, fruit-driven aroma, which is classic chocolaty, dark plum Barossa shiraz, and lets the fruit do the talking. It's likewise dense and concentrated in the mouth, powerful and structured for ageing. A big serving of tannin - in balance. Impressive wine.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
From 3 blocks on the estate’s Cambourne Vineyard at Greenock; destemmed onto 10% whole bunches; only 150 dozen produced, making the vinification info provided difficult to understand, eg 10– 30 days on skins. Regardless, a very powerful wine, black fruits its epicentre, circled by savoury/ spicy flash points.
NICK RYAN - THE AUSTRALIAN
This wine is sourced from three separate blocks on Andrew and Skye Quin’s vineyard at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa’s northwest. There’s licorice and slate, fruit mince and dry woody herbs, blackberry crumble and cocoa powder. Rich fruit but nicely corsetted, tightly packed with no blown-out edges Chiselled and defined, lively through the mouth, it tapers well with fine, gritty tannins beautifully set into the wine. A brilliant wine and a worthy winner of the trophies for the best 2016 shiraz and the best shiraz of show at the 2018 Barossa Wine Show
Trophy for Best 2016 Shiraz - Barossa Wine Show 2018
Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show - Barossa Wine Show 2018