Pale straw in colour. Lifted aromas of pear skin, nectarine and ginger spice with underlying notes of pink grapefruit, musk and rose petal florals. Concentrated flavours of nashi pear and stone-fruit follow through on the palate, with creamy nuances of chestnut and crème brûlée, balanced elegantly with silky minerality and fine acidity, for a beautifully long and textural finish.
A Gris that sings its cool climate credentials in elegant apple blossom, and crunchy pear fruit, laced with a grapefruit tang.
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 were in before Easter, moving on to the 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 classic Adelaide Hills expressions of riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.
“A light, smooth mix of lime sherbet, melon and dried floral notes, with soft acidity.”
“Henschke was an early mover with pinot gris, and has been able to get that little bit more out of it each vintage.”
"A Gris that sings its cool climate credentials in elegant apple blossom, and crunchy pear fruit, laced with a grapefruit tang. Cool, elegant Adelaide Hills acidity is fused with finely textured phenolic grip to build structure and mouthfeel."
"Classy pinot gris off the Innes Vineyard in the eastern Adelaide Hills. Red apples. Almost always an attractive flavour in a white wine, and here in spades. Crunchy and perfumed at once. Notes of pear and spice create a fair bit of chatter too. Intensity. Composure. Dry/firm/textural finish. Very good."
"Terrific fragrant, aromatic pinot gris with apple blossom and lightly musky pear and apple fruit notes, really pretty wine. The palate is silky, smooth and has genuine concentration and presence, pear and apple fruit flavors run long with a crunchy and juicy finish."