McHenry Hohnen Rolling Stone 2014 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
98/100 Ray Jordan - The West Australian
95/100 - Decanter
95/100 The Winefront
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
GOLD - Wine Companion
Halliday Wine Companion Varietal Awards - 2021 Best Cabernet Blend (2016 Vintage)
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Ray Jordan “I expected this to be very good and it is. In fact, it’s the best release yet of this blend of Cabernet Malbec Merlot and Petit Verdot. There is a graceful stylishness, with aromas of light cedar and pure black fruits. The palate is a feature; perfectly balanced with grainy tannins and beautifully weighted oak. There is an effortless feel in the mouth as the palate drives to its long, controlled and focused finish.”
James Halliday "... this is a polished, forcefully ripe and assiduously structured blend. The wave of dark fruit aromas, the waft of cedar and reassuring bite of high-quality French oak (18 months in largely 2 and 3yo old barrels) and the stiff-upper-lip of acidity melded to finely woven grape tannins, are all class. This is best laid down as a test of mettle and patience."
Andy Howard MW (Decanter) "Powerful, quite pungent and dominated by dark-fruit characters: there is no shortage of intent here. Fleshy, quite showy on the palate, but with refined glossy oak and fine-grained tannins. A serious wine with the depth and concentration to age very well. A classic Margaret River example, well worth buying and laying down for several years."
The Winefront "Deep and deeply savoury style, all black olive, bitter dark chocolate, and roast beef, yet not without floral perfume and bay leaf top notes. Rumbles with gravelly tannin pushes firm with flavour, and rides long in the palate. It’s a wine of distinct personality and interest. Acidity feels ‘minerally’ and well settled. The contributions from Malbec and Merlot seem significant here and in a very good way. Yes."
Decanter "The wettest winter for some time followed by a dry, warm spring and summer with sunny days and cool evenings, leading to good ripeness and acid retention. Perfumed eucalyptus, dried roses, violets, gunpowder green tea and bitter chocolate, which follow through on the palate. Juicily persistent, with well-defined fresh blackcurrant and berry fruit, and powdery, dusty tannins. Long and precise finish, with a bloody ironstone tang. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030."
48% cabernet sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot.
Founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focusses on crafting site-expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.
Margaret River is one of the best-known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined Cabernet Sauvignon and intensely citrusy Chardonnay varieties, the region now produces Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends and Shiraz.
Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.