Henschke have a long history in Australian wine, and their story is similar to many European families who have reached the very top of their field: building on the best aspects of tradition while integrating the finest modern thinking and methodology. Johann Christian Henschke was a Sliesian refugee who came to Australia in 1841 seeking religious freedom. In 1862 he planted the first vineyard on his property in Keyneton South Australia, in the now famous Eden Vale, with the first wine released six years later. Fourth generation Cyril Henschke laid the foundation for the company’s modern success by looking beyond the fortified styles of the day to develop their first ‘serious’ single-varietal and single-vineyard wines, in particular the now-legendary Shiraz wines ‘Hill of Grace’ and ‘Mount Edelstone’. Today the fifth generation are if anything stronger, with the team of winemaker Stephen Henschke and his viticulturalist wife Prue having established the label at the pinnacle of not only Australian but world winemaking. The exceptional skill and appropriate technology brought to bear in the winery, and organic and biodynamic principles in the vineyard, are far more than doing justice to the tradition they are part of...and the extremely old vines they have in their care. Some of these vines are 100 years old - and on their original rootstocks - while vines in the Hill of Grace vineyard are likewise on original rootstocks, though some date back as far as the 1860s.
What The Critics Say
95/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie
"Eden Valley vineyard and a wine that first came to life in 1978. A good legacy for cabernet sauvignon in this country. A beacon in some respects. — This is a wonderful release. It has this intangible energy and levity, freshness and juiciness, purity of fruit and general sense of deliciousness. It feels a bit loose knit, slightly unkempt in the best possible way, all dark berries sloshing around brined black olive, brambles, fresh blood (something gently ferrous), faint cedar and green herb. Yes thanks. The finish tightens the wine up to a gentle pucker. It has flow, vivacity and yet each sip comes with quiet authority of those very fine, lacy tannins. It’s such a great-feeling wine." Drink 2020 - 2040
94/100 Huon Hooke
"Deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is of violets, sousbois and blueberry, the palate intense and focused, refined and elegant, with extra-long persistence. It’s bright, clean and fresh and has great elegance as well as cellaring potential. Very long finish. A superb cabernet. 08 JAN 2020." Drink 2020 – 2035
93/100 James Suckling
"From a great cabernet vintage in Eden Valley, this has a wealth of fresh-herb, forest-leaf and wood aromas with an assertive and richly fruited palate that has a strong core of ripe blackeberries and blackcurrants with subtly toasty oak and ripe, plush, velvety tannins."
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