Louis 2015 – Products – Henschke
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2015 Louis

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$33.00

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Pale green-gold in colour. Attractive aromas of lemon curd, almond and clover blossom florals, white currant and green apple, with hints of lemongrass and sweet pea. Generous flavours of lemon curd, white nectarine and lemon thyme fill the palate, which is beautifully balanced with a granny smith apple texture and polished minerality, crisp acidity and a deliciously long, dry finish.

A delectably juicy semillon, one of the brightest and freshest I can remember. Just what the 5% fermented and matured in used French oak contributed is irrelevant, because it’s the dancing lemon-infused flavours that make this wine so attractive. There is every reason to agree with the 20+-year cellaring potential suggested by Henschke.

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

Vintage
2015
Grape varieties
  • 100% Semillon
Technical Details
Alcohol
12%
pH
3.22
Acidity
6.6g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
17 February & 23 March
Maturation
5% aged for 8 months in seasoned 225L French barriques while the remaining 95% is aged in tank on lees.
Viticulture
The Henschke vineyards are nurtured under biodynamic principles
Background
A tribute to Louis Edmund Henschke (1919-1990), the fourth-generation grower of the Hill of Grace vineyard. His expertise as a vigneron has resulted in a legacy in the form of the famous vineyard being maintained using long-term organic principles. The semillon is a reserve selection from 50-year-old vines, grown in the Henschke vineyard at Eden Valley.
Serving Temperature
9°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 20+ 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 Lenswood 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. Most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature riesling and elegant shiraz from Eden Valley, that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

Reviews

Chris Wilson The Buyer

August, 19 2018

“…planted in 1968 this single-variety Semillon has seen a touch of French oak, with 8% aged on the lees in seasoned barrels. The wine has a lovely weight and a rich and floral palate that has a lovely purity and Manuka honey, garden peas and cut grass notes. No obvious oakiness, but lovely texture.”

TYSON STELZER WBM

July, 2 2018

A spicy semillon that unites lemon zest with layers of lanolin and toast in a zesty and energetic style with a vitality unexpected for its age. Well crafted texture has been built from barrique and lees in tank work. It carries with herbal complexity and good line and length.

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Matthew Jukes MATTHEWJUKES.COM

November, 19 2017

“Older vines, Reserve Semillon level, rather cool and so not as high yielding as others and this concentrates the flavour. Backed off the oak from nearly 100% oak to none in the 2009 vintage and then reverted to around 5%. Controlled and beautiful, well made and drinking now, this is a light, fresh and floral style which is more delicate and yet more profound than most.”

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parker Wine Advocate

September, 1 2017

"Opening with lemongrass, fennel, white pepper and chalk dust notes, the 2015 Louis Semillon is dry, light-bodied and tightly wound at this youthful stage, offering thirst-quenching elegance for now with a promise of loads more to come with 7-10 years cellaring."

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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2 2017

A delectably juicy semillon, one of the brightest and freshest I can remember. Just what the 5% fermented and matured in used French oak contributed is irrelevant, because it’s the dancing lemon-infused flavours that make this wine so attractive. There is every reason to agree with the 20+-year cellaring potential suggested by Henschke.