97 out of 100
by James Halliday
"The 2015 Shiraz Clos Otto reveals more power and concentration than the silky 2014, but it retains a sense of elegance. There's a lifted, herbal element, exotic notes of dried spices and plenty of powerful red fruit to drive the wine home. Full-bodied and rich, this looks less approachable than the 2014 at the moment, but it's equally good in the medium to long term."
In only about 15 years since Hentley Farm's first releases, the winery has become a must-visit in the Barossa, in large part thanks to the award-winning restaurant, which emphasizes local ingredients. It helps if the wines aren't too shabby, either, served in the original 1840s homestead. Winemaker Andrew Quin and owner Keith Hentschke are increasingly focused on the 150-acre property's individual vineyard blocks, which consistently go into the different bottlings, like The Beauty and The Beast. The Creation is a limited bottling that changes from year to year, depending on the winemaker's latest experiment. The 2014 was all press wine from J Block, while the 2015, sourced from a neighboring vineyard, was aged in 50% new American oak. - Joe Czerwinski, Wine AdvocateSku: 1801