Pale green-gold in colour. Fragrant jasmine, frangipani and almond blossom scents are complemented by musk, stone-fruit and signature Eden Valley riesling aromas of lemon and lime zest. A soft, succulent palate shows excellent depth and balance, with vibrant acidity, minerality and a long, focussed finish.
You have to start with the aftertaste in describing the wine, because that's where 90% of the action is, as its intensity and length take you back to the flowery, talc bouquet and all that lies between. Henschke puts a 20+ year cellaring potential on it, and I'm not going to argue with that.
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm
and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late
January brought relief to the ancient, dry-grown vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an
earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies
allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
"You have to start with the aftertaste in describing the wine, because that's where 90% of the action is, as its intensity and length take you back to the flowery, talc bouquet and all that lies between. Henschke puts a 20+ year cellaring potential on it, and I'm not going to argue with that."
“A slightly exotic Riesling style with bright pineapple and peachy fruits. Dry, light-bodied and fragrant on the palate it is an attractive pretty style best enjoyed young.”
"Super floral, almost rose-like perfume, and showing a distinctive Eden Valley lemon and lime juice nose with crushed stony minerals. Green apple and lime juice drive a crisp palate. Hints of guava too. Sleek and balanced. Drink now or age for up to a decade."
"Eden Valley is one of the great riesling regions — and also fortuitously home to the Henschke clan, now into its seventh generation in the area. This wine is from the family’s loyal growers across the north, centre and south of the district, some with vines up to 50 years old. It’s classic EV, white orchard florals, great natural citrus acidity, lemon pith and associated mineral feels."