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