Deep rich crimson in colour. Succulent blue fruits, blackcurrant paste, blackberry and spiced plum aromas are interwoven with savoury Dutch liquorice, sage, cracked black pepper and cedar. The palate has lovely concentration, with layers of sweet plum, blackberry and liquorice, finishing fleshy and well-structured, with rolling chalky tannins.
The decision to hold back the release of this shiraz until after the '14 was correct - this is a densely packed wine destined for a long life as vertical tastings have proved again and again, intensity and focus achieved without apparent effort. Medium-bodied, but with compelling black fruits riding on the back of tannins and carefully measured oak.
The lead-up to the 2013 vintage saw an early onset of summer, with occasional thunderstorms and only four heat spikes, into the 40s, over summer. A cooler than average January followed by a warm February, brought the predicted early vintage even further forward. Even after the dry-fecta of winter/spring/summer the word from the winery floor was that it would be another great Eden Valley riesling year, followed up with some great old-vine shiraz. Fortunately, a desperately needed 16mm of rain came, the first for nearly six months, at the beginning of March to help the dry-grown vines struggle through to full maturity. The roller-coaster weather ride continued through March with almost weekly cycles of hot and cold. Cool drizzly weather at the end of March nearly brought the harvest to a halt, but a return to the Indian summer conditions in early April gave us a chance to get the late varieties in Eden Valley over the line for another great vintage of average yields and fabulous rock solid quality.
Braised Duck with Red Molé
“This is the current release of Henschke’s famous Shiraz, planted in 1912 in the Edelstone Vineyard in Eden Valley. It’s bright on the eye sparkling ruby-purple, almost winking at you from the glass. There’s plenty of raspberry and blackcurrant fruit before the complexity kicks in with mint, basil and black pepper all vying for attention. A powerful Shiraz but not overblown, there’s nuance and balance here.”
“Sumptuous, generous, beautifully ripe red fruit on the nose – just so alluring and buxom, with serious structure and a long fragrant perfume on the finish. Sheer class, with cellaring potential that is only just beginning.”
“The 61st vintage, from 101yo ungrafted dry-grown vines, matured for 18 months in 81% French and 19% American hogsheads (34% new). The decision to hold back the release of this shiraz until after the '14 was correct - this is a densely packed wine destined for a long life as vertical tastings have proved again and again, intensity and focus achieved without apparent effort. Medium-bodied, but with compelling black fruits riding on the back of tannins and carefully measured oak.”
“…A complex bouquet of red and black fruits…There’s red jelly beans, all spice and liquourice. The palate is a fine balance of both sweet and savoury flavours with a solid mid-palate and well-integrated acid and tannin…”
“…in very good condition. Full-bodied and dense.”
“Made from 101-year-old Eden Valley Shiraz vines, and coming from a biodynamically and organically farmed block this is a phenomenal vintage of Mount Edelstone... Henschke decided to release the 2012 and then the 2014 and then they went back to 2013 because it is blockier and more concentrated than the other two vintages. Heroic and with epic tannins this wine is an instant classic and it has tracked the style of the 2013 vintage perfectly. The nose is sensational with layers and layers of black fruit and liquorice spice. Serious and incredibly long and heroic I am hard pressed to think of a more exciting and imposing Mount Edelstone…”
“Rich and lush, with fleshy black cherry, plum and black licorice notes and a complex chorus of Earl Grey tea, vanilla custard, chocolate and date nut bread details lingering effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2028.”
"The latest (vintage) has alluring blue fruit and spiced plum aromas interwoven with Dutch licorice, sage, cracked pepper and cedar. On the palate it has layers of plum, blackcurrant, blackberry and licorice, and chalky tannins."
"...Mount Edelstone shiraz, from a 101 year old vineyard when this 2013 was harvested, has an equally compelling story [as Hill of Grace]. This wine was held back a year before release, not at first ready for its best performance. Give this several hours of air in a decanter and you’ll see all its dark purple/blue fruit and plums, dark spices, bay leaf, sage and dark bitter chocolate impressions come to life."
“Made from 101-year-old Eden Valley Shiraz, from biodynamic block. They decided to release the 2012 and then the 2014 and then they went back to 2013 because it is blockier and more concentrated. Heroic, with epic tannins and better balanced... This is an instant classic, which has followed the exact style of the vintage. The nose is sensational with layers and layers of fruit. Very, very serious and incredibly long and heroic.”
”Blue and black berries rolling through the palate…coffee-bean oak, mint/peppercorn notes and florals…You can see this wine maturing – under screwcap especially – for an extremely long time…”