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.
Fresh from its trophy win in the 2018 Barossa Wine Show, the 2017 Eden Valley Shiraz is absolutely stunning. Gamey red fruits, with dark berry juiciness and violet floral top notes. It's slippery, silky and seriously moreish.
Sitting at an altitude of 450m, Hampton Vineyard produces Shiraz with a surprising combination of finesse and power. Planted in 1982 this vineyard thrives on a silty, sandy-loam soil over red ironstone clay. The fruit was handled traditionally and matured for 10 months in seasoned French oak.
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the morning and delivered to the winery where it was destemmed into an open top fermenter. After thirteen days on skins the wine was basket pressed before overnight settling and racking to seasoned French oak. Ten months maturation in oak before blending and bottling.
The nose has complex aromas of sarsaparilla, mulberries, tea leaf and fresh vanilla bean. There's a real smoky/gamey note to the fruits as well. The palate shows great tannin focus through the middle, flavours of red fruits and earth, with lovely intensity an a violet/lavender floral lift.
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
Trophy for Best 2017 Shiraz
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
13 days on skins, matured for 10 months in oak. Full purple-crimson. Rich and velvety with dark cherry and satsuma plum fruit, ripe tannins, good finish.
Youthfully deep red/purple colour, the bouquet likewise fresh and bright, with vibrant fruit and lashings of tannin, the acidity and oak in harmony. A full-bodied, gutsy wine with lots of presence and boldness. It has a core of sweet fruit and excellent structure. A very smart shiraz indeed.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
This is Andrew Quin and family personal winemaking project. We know Andrew from doing great stuff at Hentley Farm of course. This wine is cut from a similar cloth, with the by-line ‘bold flavour but elegant’ appropriate probably for most red wines from both brands. This is bold but elegant. Ha. Slurpy texture of mixed forest berry fruits, creaminess and softness in texture, gently fruit sweet with licks of vanillin oak, a slick of slightly choc-minty character nicely put in the mix. There’s supple tannins, not much shape though, but the flavours roll pleasingly with a soft hedonism building notable sweetness and a light chew to finish. It’s warming but still shows those cooler Eden Valley fruit characters, and a touch of light mineral-graphite sort of thing too. Lots of charm here.
NICK RYAN - THE AUSTRALIAN
Sourced from a vineyard 450m up on Mengler’s Hill, this is a wine deftly combining cool elegance and restrained power. It’s satin-draped and sure-footed, rippling with boysenberry and mocha, blueberries and brambles. It’s a creature of supple flesh and slinky curves, a beautifully structured wine with microfine tannins and a long, gently sustained finish. A worthy winner of the trophy for the best 2017 shiraz at the Barossa Wine Show.
Trophy for Best 2017 Shiraz - Barossa Wine Show 2018