Deep crimson with deep purple hues. Pure and complex, with lifted aromatics of violets, dark plums, fresh blackberries and blueberries, and the unmistakable Mount Edelstone signature aromas of crushed sage and cracked black pepper. The palate shows incredible purity and balance, with rich plum and blackberry fruit flavours, rosehip florals and savoury spice notes, finishing long with lingering plum skin and sage, and layers of fine, silky tannins.
102yo single vineyard, matured in 92% French and 8% American hogheads (28% new) for 18 months. Only a fraction of the normal crop. as was the case in many parts of SA and Vic. The colour is that of an 18-month-old (not 36 months) shiraz, the aromas of black fruits, licorice and blackpepper, the tannins firm and enduring, yet in balance with the powerful fruit. I remain to be convinced this is suited to drinking while the '13 comes around: the best solution is to leave both to themselves for 5 or so years.
The 2014 moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory. This ended in the wettest February in 44 years, with between 115 and 150mm of rain, all in 48 hours. Fortunately, Eden Valley and the Adelaide Hills were still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The yields appeared depressingly minuscule, due to a severe black frost in spring and cold windy weather during flowering in early December. Early picks of semillon and shiraz after the heat wave were in response to vine stress. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on other early vintage varieties, riesling in Eden Valley and pinot noir at Lenswood. Mild weather with cold dewy mornings and windy days prevailed. Disease pressure increased as March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the equinox. It was indeed a late vintage and also resulted in one of the longest. The picking of Eden Valley cabernet and Lenswood merlot brought the season to a close at the beginning of May, where skilled vineyard teams played a critical role by hand selecting and picking the best quality fruit during the onset of rain and cold wintery weather. In summary, a challenging season with excellent quality but very low yields.
Braised Duck with Red Molé
102yo single vineyard, matured in 92% French and 8% American hogheads (28% new) for 18 months. Only a fraction of the normal crop. as was the case in many parts of SA and Vic. The colour is that of an 18-month-old (not 36 months) shiraz, the aromas of black fruits, licorice and blackpepper, the tannins firm and enduring, yet in balance with the powerful fruit. I remain to be convinced this is suited to drinking while the '13 comes around: the best solution is to leave both to themselves for 5 or so years."
“Plush and powerful, this opens with dried black olive and savory, minerally accents to the dark berry and plum flavors. Offering plenty of depth and complexity, the finish echoes with details of five-spice powder and anise.”
"The 100-year-old Mount Edelstone vineyard might not quite have the cachet of the Henschke's more famous (and older) Hill of Grace, but it can produce Eden Valley shiraz every bit as exquisite. This, the latest vintage, is launched next week and it's sublime: rich, saturated blood plum fruit sprinkled with exotic, fragrant woody spices and swaddled in firm but supple tannin."
"The wine is glossy like the colour of Christmas cherries – crimson, inclining to deeper shades of purple and black. A few swirls to introduce turbulence and release the complex black and blue fruit aromas – tart mulberries, sweet blueberries – enclosed by a halo of cracked black peppercorns and stone crushed violets. Alluring. Sensual. And, other evocative adjectives. In the mouth, delicate, graceful and smooth. Juicy, tart, yet sweet. Blood plum and brambly blackberry fruit flavours hang from a savoury structure of fine, but firm tannin, offsetting plenty of untold pleasures that linger long after the first sip…"
"It's quite a beauty. Satiny. Curranty. A flood of smooth, berried fruit with fragrant herbs, peppers and blossoms floating throughout. It's warm and rich but there's more than a little enchantment to it. It's pretty, as is the Edelstone way, but substantial. Tannin is fine and just-assertive-enough. There's a smoky, peppery, almost meaty character here but it comes enmeshed with the fruit. You have to enjoy the warmer style of shiraz, certainly, but it's a long way from being overdone and is really quite seriously beautiful. It can also be consumed any time from now, give or take."
"This finely balanced, graceful shiraz is immensely drinkable - especially given a little air. It tells of its heritage with perfumes of violets, dark cherries and ripe plums and a lift of allspice. The palate offers succulent flavours of the same fruits with silky tannins flowing across the mouth."
"...this is an enthrallingly evocative and elegant Mount Edelstone. It's infused with deep yet refined succulent blueberry fruits, savoury spice, white pepper and layered complexity of exotic spice, culminating in a refined and approachable finish of finely structured tannins. It lingers very long and accurate. A characterful and accurate expression of the 102 year old vines of this celebrated vineyard and one of the greats."
"For most wine lovers the mere mention of the Henschke name prompts a visceral Pavlovian response. Stephen and Prue Henschke are artisanal winemakers who craft wines of ethereal delicacy and complexity. So don’t get phased by the ticket price — we are talking seriously complex Shiraz here. The vines are cared for as if they were part of the family – hand pruned and picked, they are grown according to organic and biodynamic principles ensuring the result is an unfettered example of pristine premium Shiraz. Will improve in the cellar for 10+ years."
"Plush and powerful, this opens with dried black olive and savoury, minerally accents to the dark berry and plum flavors. Offering plenty of depth and complexity, the finish echoes with details of five-spice powder and anise. Drink now through 2030."
"From vines planted in 1912, this has been an icon of South Australian Shiraz since 1952, when it was first bottled as a single vineyard wine. Menthol and vanilla notes frame black cherries and cassis on the nose, while the palate reveals supple tannins and meaty, savory complexities. The finish is softly dusty, fine and long."
"Single vineyard shiraz planted solely to shiraz in 1912 on 500 million-year-old ancient clay-loam soils in Eden Valley. The nose displays very bright refined cassis, black pepper and soft balanced oak. The palate is harmonious and juicy, with long savoury notes and layers of spicy and silky tannins."