66% Shiraz, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc
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
94/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson
"The cabernet influence is clear. It sets the wine on a clear quality course; plum and blackcurrant flavours pour through bay leaves, dust and dried herbs, cedary oak tying it together. Tannin comes in fine sheets, and the aftertaste lingers appreciably. Excellent release. “A vintage like 2015 highlights how well these varieties work together,” Stephen Henschke notes. Gold medal quality in a canter. Henschke’s Euphonium is a (66%) shiraz-based red with inputs from (19%) cabernet sauvignon, (10%) merlot and (5%) cabernet franc." Drink 2019 - 2027+
92/100 Huon Hooke
"Deepish red with a residue of purple tinge, the bouquet very cabernet-ish with tobacco and olive-like aromas and flavours. It's starting to show some attractive mellowness. There is very good intensity and remarkable depth, the tannins firmer than the previous reds tasted (pinot and various grenache blends). There is plenty of raspberry here as well as hints of spice and leafiness, the latter happily very subtle. (66% shiraz, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 5% cabernet franc) 02 APR 2019." Drink 2019 - 2027
jancis Robinson Wine of the Week
Transparent dark ruby. Delightfully mellow, sun-baked and ripe on the nose but with freshness on the finish. Pure South Australia on the palate: warm and leathery but with a gentle texture. Nuanced rather than showy. I'm not sure why the Henschkes recommend decanting this wine as it seems to be pretty mellow already. Long, subtle and satisfying
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