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2015 Eleanor’s Cottage

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$25.00

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Region
Adelaide Hills | Eden Valley
Description

Pale straw with gold-green hues. Signature sauvignon blanc aromas of gooseberry, freshly cut passionfruit and white currant are supported by characteristic semillon notes of lemon grass and preserved lemon. The palate is soft yet concentrated, showing ripe gooseberry, white currant and passionfruit flavours, with great balance and texture, a ripe lime-like acidity and a beautiful finish.

A complex wine in both flavour and structural terms, hardly surprising given its dual region/dual variety lineage, augmented by the use of some barrel fermentation.

James Halliday, Wine Companion - December, 2016
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Product Information

Vintage
2015
Grape varieties
  • 60% Sauvignon Blanc
  • 40% Semillon
Technical Details
Alcohol
12.5%
pH
3.25
Acidity
6g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
12 February - 14 March
Maturation
Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the aromatic fruit characters.
Background
The Henschke Eden Valley vineyard was originally established on the top of the range overlooking Eden Valley, a property pioneered and managed by George Crossman Thyer. In 1848 he married Eleanor Hill, after whom this wine is named, and their original cottage still exists today.
Serving Temperature
7°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January, however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature riesling and elegant shiraz from Eden Valley that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

Reviews

James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2017

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James Halliday Wine Companion

December, 2016

"A complex wine in both flavour and structural terms, hardly surprising given its dual region/dual variety lineage, augmented by the use of some barrel fermentation. The result is a wine with good presence and length, ready whenever you are."