Pale straw with pale gold hues. An attractive bouquet showing pristine citrus blossom, nectarine, custard apple and pear skin, with nuances of clove spice, hazelnut and struck flint. The palate is perfectly poised, focussed and complex with flavours of pear and grapefruit, with underlying flavours of toasted chestnuts from well-integrated French oak. It also presents great depth, layers of creamy texture and a tight, mineral acidity as the wine carries through to a very long, lingering finish.
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, with varieties such as gewürztraminer showing extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.
Pale straw in colour. Bright in the glass. To smell, to taste, to look at; it’s pitch perfect. It crackles with spice, chalk and stonefruit, bites with grapefruit and has smoky, yeasty complexities all sewn up. To be frank it’s one of the best Henschke chardonnays I’ve tried. It it wasn’t so reserved and tight on the finish I would have jumped at a higher rating again; I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s better again in 6- 12 months.