In 1992, the first Henry’s Drive vines were planted. From the Longbottom farming properties: individual sites were selected most suited to viticulture and have proven to consistently produce fruit with great depth of colour, flavour and aroma.
Since 1992, we have steadily grown the acreage in Padthaway to 250 and have an additional 30 acres in McLaren Vale; growing Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small plantings of Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The vines are planted in several sites throughout the Padthaway valley; the differing aspects and soil types provide a variety of flavour profiles which allows us to build more complexity into our wines.
The most northern vineyard is situated on the valley floor which consists of black clay soils with underlying limestone, with the vines running north–south. The more centrally located vineyard is terra rossa soil over limestone with the vines running east-west, whilst the southern most vineyard is situated on the hillside in Padthaway with the soil varying from deep sand to red loam with limestone outcrops with the trellis running north–south.
Our wines are blends of parcels of fruit taken from the three vineyard sites with the exception of our signature wine, Henry’s Drive Reserve Shiraz. This Reserve block is slightly elevated, situated on a hillside and surrounded by towering Eucalypt (gum) trees. The soil is sandy loam interspersed with limestone outcrops and is perfect for producing premium quality fruit.