2019 Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz
20–25yo vines; basket pressed; matured 22 months in 60% new French oak. Aptly named, Hentley Farm's ripest wine boasts looming proportions in every direction. A full, impenetrable black/purple hue heralds rumbling density of licorice, black jubes, black fruits of all kinds and a solid whack of new French oak, delivering an explosion of firm, extractive tannin grip. Bright acidity keeps everything under control, concluding in a grand crescendo, just slightly clipped, though not hot. Drink by 2029.
Tyson Stelzer - Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
This is made from hillside parcels with a deliberate leaning towards ripe and intense fruit. Very intense, rich blackberries and plums with some iodine and wet dark stones, as well as a strong, tarry edge. The palate has real density and power with a rich vein of ripe black-fruit flavors. Bold, completely saturated dark-plum and blackberry flavors. Dark chocolate. Drink or hold.
The fruit for the 2019 Shiraz The Beast is plucked from 20- to 25-year-old vines from (mainly) a single site on the Hentley Farm estate. It was basket pressed and matured for 22 months in 60% new French oak. 2019 was a warm, dry vintage, and the confluence of style and seasonal conditions is worn really well here. In my opinion, the Barossa has the potential to exude a very savory, red dirt/earth character in the best Shirazes, and it is the clearest indication of region that I can think of in this context. There is great diversity in the Barossa, but that character seems to shine through it all. Here, it is in spades and sets the wine up for great success in the mouth. Concentrated fruit, round tannins and a swathe of plush fruit make up the whole here—and it's a goodie. Wonderful wine. Big. Drink 2022 - 2037.
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate