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2015 Giles


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Adelaide Hills

Crimson in colour with ruby hues. Intense and lifted aromas of sweet black cherries, wild raspberries and cranberries, with hints of cinnamon, crushed marjoram and fennel seed. Concentrated, bright flavours of red cherries and cranberries appear on an elegant palate, balanced by a focussed redcurrant acidity, dried herbs, and minerality, as well as a depth of layered and fine, soft chalky tannins which draw out to a long, lingering finish.

It has a very fragrant and flowery bouquet setting the scene for red cherry and wild strawberry fruits on the palate, lengthened by fine tannins, oak lost in the crowd. Elegance and purity are its keywords.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, August 2017
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
19 February - 13 March
Matured in 19% new and 81% seasoned French barriques for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.
In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills with the intention of planting varieties well suited to the cooler climate of the region. The vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Serving Temperature
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 Adelaide Hills 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.


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Christina Pickard Wine Enthusiast Magazine

April, 2 2018

"This is a lean style and still a baby with its sappy red strawberry and raspberry notes, with cinnamon, tar, violets, warm stones and furniture polish. The palate is tightly wound, ending on a long, tart cranberry and raspberry finish. Drink now if you like your Pinot al dente, otherwise cellar through 2025."


November, 19 2017

“Intensely black cherry-fruited and quite powerful and it certainly comes to you rather than you having to look for the flavour! Punchy and black with a touch of liquorice, this is a savoury style, with long, even, shiny fruit. Côtes du Nuits-shaped, with Marsannay earthiness in the background. This is also picked across the slope and co-fermented. Picking happens over about 2 weeks and comprises of around 6 passages through the vines. Approximately 15% whole bunch is hidden inside, but it is not very noticeable.”

James Halliday James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2 2017

"It has a very fragrant and flowery bouquet setting the scene for red cherry and wild strawberry fruits on the palate, lengthened by fine tannins, oak lost in the crowd. Elegance and purity are its keywords."

Maryann Worobiec Wine Spectator

July, 31 2017

“Tangy, with plenty of energy to the wild berry and cherry flavors, accented by notes of fresh herbs and clay.”

Nick Stock

May, 31 2017

"This is a great edition of Henschke's Lenswood pinot noir from a vintage that has delivered an elegant yet powerful style. It's innately balanced, too: a vigneron's dream. Smells of bright red cherries, bracken and background spices. Some blue fruits and hints of savory brown spices are also on display. Tight-packed and disciplined palate with a crunchy core of strawberry, raspberry and red-cherry flavors. Fine tannins envelop a pastry-like texture and a resolute pop of acidity makes for a convincing pinot."