McHenry Hohnen Hazels Vineyard Zinfandel 2019 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
95/100 The Real Review (2019 Vintage)
5 Stars, Wine Square (2019 Vintage)
5 Stars, Different Drop (2019 Vintage)
5 Stars, Cloudwine Cellars (2019 Vintage)
95/100 James Halliday (2017 Vintage)
5 Star Winery - James Halliday
Wine Companion Winery of the Year 2022
Stuart Knox, The Real Review "Deep ruby and purple highlights. Blackberries, bitter chocolate and roast coffee bean aromatics. Big and bold on entry, dark fruits wash around the palate with vigour until a steadying hand of gravelly tannins brings control and drive. With that drive layers of earthy spices, bitter herbs sweet mocha notes become apparent. The structure carries great length and finishes dry and aromatic. I'm reminded more of Italian primitivo than American zinfandel." (2019 Vintage)
James Halliday "... - this is a lovely wine at a lipsmacking price...Fully destemmed, short cold soak, matured in used American hogsheads. Excellent colour ... Its polished displays of cherries leaves no room for doubt..." (2017 Vintage)
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 1970s. 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 focus on crafting site expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.
"McHenry Hohnen is tucked away off Bussell Highway to the south of Margaret River. The wines have bound from strength, a comment never truer than under the stewardship of winemaker Jacopo (Japo). Under his leadership, the wines have been catapulted into a new realm of quality. The chardonnays particularly exemplify that hard-to-achieve balance of pleasurable on release, and capable of graceful ageing. The move towards organics and sustainable farming has had a positive impact on the quality of the wines, and it is a delight to witness so much diversity in the vineyards - from experimental clones and new plantings, to sheep, chickens, olives and vegetables. McHenry Hohnen is an estate on the move - divert your eyes at your peril - EL."
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 high quality Semillon-Sauvignon 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.
Zinfandel is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which remain its strongholds today.