Julius 2017 – Products – Henschke
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2017 Julius

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$45.00

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Concentrated white currants, lemons, limes and grapefruit zest, with hints of frangipani and green peppercorns. The palate is pure and bursting with ripe limes and succulent white currant flavours, with layered mineral talc-like texture and pure lines of zesty acidity for a very long, fine, dry finish.

Rich and layered, with a mix of Rose's lime and Meyer lemon fruit flavours. That the balance of flavours and length are excellent is no surprise given the alcohol, pH and titratable acidity are all text book. Hard work in the vineyard has paid off handsomely.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018
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Product Information

Vintage
2017
Grape varieties
  • 100% Riesling
Technical Details
Alcohol
11.5%
pH
2.98
Acidity
6.98g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
16-31 March
Maturation
Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
Viticulture
The Henschke vineyards are nurtured under biodynamic principles
Background
Cyril Henschke developed the Henschke reputation for premium riesling wines as early as the 1950s from the vineyard areas of Eden Valley, Keyneton and Springton in the Eden Valley wine region. This region provides ideal ripening conditions for the riesling grape and has a unique track record of exceptional ageing potential for the variety. The Eden Valley riesling vineyard is planted on sandy loam over gravel and bedrock with patches of clay.The wine is named after ancestor Julius Henschke, a highly acclaimed artist and sculptor.
Serving Temperature
9°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 25+ years (from vintage)
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2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997
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Vintage Description

Picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised. 2017 will be characterised by impeccably floral and vibrant rieslings, an indicator of our slightly cooler conditions.

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Awards

Title
Gold Medal
Year
2017
Event
Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Title
Silver Medal
Year
2017
Event
The Drinks Business Global Riesling Masters

Reviews

Chris Wilson The Buyer

August, 19 2018

“From a vineyard-planted in 1968, 500m above sea level in central Eden Valley this is a powerful, well-defined Riesling. Its nose of lime and honeysuckle gives way to an explosion of acid drops and concentrated lemon squash in the mouth, where white flowers and Plasticine also get a look in. It finishes fresh and water-like but with an on-going lick of acidity.”

Richard Hemming MW JancisRobinson.com

August, 18 2018

“Floral and open knit…Lovely honeyed note, and lots of vivid citrus fruit – beautifully fresh and precise”

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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2019

August, 2 2018

“Rich and layered, with a mix of Rose's lime and Meyer lemon fruit flavours. That the balance of flavours and length are excellent is no surprise given the alcohol, pH and titratable acidity are all text book. Hard work in the vineyard has paid off handsomely.”

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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines Digital Report 2018-19

June, 1 2018

“Stephen Henschke reports that this is the finest vintage since 2002 and it was a very late season which is the reason why this wine has so much class and complexity. The nose is stunning and you don’t need to lean in to the glass to be enraptured by its perfume. Vividly citrusy with jasmine and linden notes, the palate is thrillingly vivacious. Super-long and persistent, this is everything that I love about Eden Valley Riesling in one glass. It will be a very long-lived wine as the acidity is incredible but it already looks epic.”

Huon Hooke AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

April, 4 2018

"The colour is pale and the bouquet captures potpourri, dried-flowers and yeasty notes, very typical of Eden Valley. It's light, delicate and dry in the mouth with intensity and refinement, the mid-palate quite generous. And just 11.5% alcohol."

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Max Allen Australian Financial Review (Life & Leisure)

March, 9 2018

“Pick up a green, knobbly kaffir lime and scrape at the skin with your fingernail until your nostrils fill with the intensely perfumed citrus. Smash some lemongrass and squeeze the lime juice over it. Pour a glass…”

Matthew Jukes MATTHEWJUKES.COM

November, 17 2017

"Stunning nose, bright and lemony with jasmine and amazing precision. This is a thrillingly vivacious wine. Very long and persistent, this is everything that I love about Eden Valley Riesling in one glass. Will be long-lived as the acidity is incredible. Henschke uses the Eden Valley proprietary bottle, which is very smart indeed."

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Campbell Mattinson Wine Front

November, 15 2017

"Intensity is right up there. This explodes with pure riesling flavour. Lime, green apple, bath salts and lime leaves…florals too. It is 100% gorgeous right now. It extends electrically through the finish. It will take age as a certainty."