INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed wine guru James Halliday named Barossa Valley’s Hentley Farm winery as the best in Australia at the annual James Halliday Wine Companion Awards in Melbourne last night.
Founded by Keith and Alison Hentschke in the ’90s, Hentley Farm is set among rolling hills on the banks of Greenock Creek at Seppeltsfield, South Australia where it grows and produces ultra-premium quality single-estate and single-block wines.
Since its first vintage in 2002, Hentley Farm has earned a place among Australia’s leading boutique wineries, being awarded a rare five red-stars and placed in the top echelon of Australian wineries by respected wine writer James Halliday while its wines have been acclaimed in wine shows around the country.
Last year’s winner was Penfolds – maker of the acclaimed Penfold’s Grange.
Keith Hentschke said winning the prestigious 2015 James Halliday Winery of the Year award was a major accolade, respected around the world and an endorsement of the ultra-premium quality vineyard site, growing practices and the amazing talent of its winemaker Andrew Quin.
“Hentley Farm is an independent boutique winery blessed with a 100 acre low yielding vineyard, enviable perfect red grape growing terroir, a commitment to sustainable practices and a clever and passionate team,” he said.
During the past decade, Hentley Farm has implemented sustainable vineyard management practices, painstakingly restored the property’s original 1840s homestead to house its intimate cellar door and, in May 2012 opened the acclaimed Hentley Farm Restaurant in the property’s elegantly restored stables among the vines.
Hentley Farm winemaker Andrew Quin and Hentley Farm Restaurant executive chef Lachlan Colwill have played key roles in Hentley Farm’s success.
“Hentley Farm now provides the perfect environment for an exceptional boutique wine experience – a fact reflected in the Best Winery Award,” Hentschke said.
Hentley Farm winemaker Andrew Quin was a Top 10 finalist for the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year last year while his 2012 “The Stray Mongrel” Grenache Shiraz Zinfandel blend took out the coveted Rob Schubert Trophy for the most outstanding Barossa red table wine 2013 (best red of show) at the annual Barossa Wine Show Awards.
Hentley Farm Restaurant was named SA’s best restaurant of the year and best regional restaurant in the Advertiser 2013 Food Awards after just one year, on the basis of Lachlan Colwill’s “ambitious, sophisticated menus” that meld surprise with a delicious sense of place.
It was also named best new restaurant at the coveted SA Restaurant & Catering Awards 2013 and awarded four forks in The Advertiser Food Guide 2014.
Only one other restaurant has been awarded this status in the past two years.
Contact: Hentley Farm Cellar Door
P: 61 8 8562 8427