Deep crimson in colour with purple hues. Incredibly fragrant aromas of raspberry, dark plum, spicy blueberry and red currant are complemented by notes of mace, nutmeg, white pepper and musk. The rich and intense palate shows excellent structure and complexity, bursting with wild berry, dark plum and entwined with an array of dried spices. Layers of firm yet silky tannins provide exceptional length.
Refreshingly medium-bodied, it has entrancing spicy red berry flavours and fine, lingering tannins.
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and fruit set. 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 dry-grown vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March 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.
"Superb vintage of the grenache/mourvedre/shiraz blend that the Henschkes have been refining for two decades. Refreshingly medium-bodied (despite 14.5 per cent alcohol), it has entrancing spicy red berry flavours and fine, lingering tannins."
"It is a wine made to show off grenache (66%) with 33% mataro and a splash of shiraz. Young Johann Henschke describes it as a wine that the family imagines their ancestors would drink in style, from the Barossa. Rich, slippery red of hearty, dark fruit flavours, forest berries and plums, with the sense of concentrated heft of slurpy, warming, sweet grenache. A big mouthful, generous and open weave and yet some grit to tannin lends a hand too. Opulent stuff, done well."