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A wonderfully aromatic grenache-dominant blend from Australia's Barossa Valley. The wine's scents of strawberry, rhubarb and sweet cherries continue on the full but soft palate, with notes of spice, vanilla and sage. A long fresh finish completes this charming red.
Product Code: AU20761
"Not unpleasant, but nothing special. Some fruit, certainly no vanilla. Wouldn’t buy again, not worth £30."
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Under the guidance of husband-and-wife team, Stephen and Prue Henschke, this medium-sized producer in South Australia has become one of the country’s most-famed. Since 1979 Stephen has been the winemaker while Prue has diligently renewed the vineyard practices. In total the couple owns around 115 hectares of vines with the largest proportion of these in the Eden Valley in Greater Barossa. The Henschke name is most associated with top-drawer, age-worthy reds. These are superbly crafted from old, low-yielding vines and careful use of small oak barrels. The immaculately-tended 8- hectare Hill of Grace vineyard, planted with pre-phylloxera syrah from the northern Rhône, and replenished by cloning, produces a powerful and refined shiraz second only to Penfolds Grange as Australia’s most iconic red wine. The vineyard takes its name from a beautiful old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was named Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace. Nearby is the Mount Edelstone vineyard which also produces consistently excellent shiraz with intense pepper and spice character. The top cabernet sauvignon - Cyril Henschke - is named as a tribute to Stephen’s father. It includes a little merlot and cabernet franc in the blend and shows gorgeous cassis fruit characters. The ageing potential of all three of these is clear. Other wines of note include Keyneton Estate Euphonium – a lush shiraz, cabernet and merlot blend – and Henry’s Seven. The latter is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days. Fittingly it is a very fine blend of shiraz, grenache, mourvèdre and viognier. Riesling, gewürztraminer, semillon and chardonnay are also planted at Henschke and these whites, though less well-known, have steadily gathered momentum since the 1990s.
South Australia (SA) is Australia’s wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too. Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region’s powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too. On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.
South Australia had a mixed 2015, with a cool start to the season but a warm finish that meant the harvest came all at once, and some wineries felt the pressure on tank space. Drought pressure continues to be an issue in many parts of SA too. Victoria and Tasmania, meanwhile, had a near perfect vintage, with moderate spring rainfall and a warm summer with no extreme spikes. A dry and cool March lead to a very clean and easy harvest. Western Australia has had a decade of good vintages, but 2015 was a little trickier mainly due to birds devouring the lion’s share of the grapes in some vineyards, and poor flower set thanks to rain or hail. The grapes that did make it to harvest, however, look excellent but yields are significantly down.New South Wales endured an indifferent vintage in the main, with rain at inopportune times. Canberra and Orange were the only areas to report success on any scale, though the best wineries wherever they are will have made the right decisions to achieve the best outcome.
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