The Alan Reserve 2013 – Products – Henschke
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2013 The Alan Reserve


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Adelaide Hills

Crimson red with garnet hues. Spicy red cherry, wild forest berries and red currant aromas entwine with nuances of tomato stem, raspberry leaf, fennel and dried herbs and savoury notes of cured meats, clove and nutmeg. Plush red and black fruits are supported by savoury tannins and red currant acidity to create supple layers of texture for a long and elegantly spicy finish.

A powerful wine, plums joining red and black cherry fruits in a savoury overlay

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
29 February - 14 March
Matured on lees in seasoned French barriques for 15 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. This reserve pinot noir is produced from hand-selected fruit from the best plots of 25-yearold vines and named as a tribute to Alan Archer, whose love of wine and food helped create The Chesser Cellar’s fame in Adelaide.
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2013 2012 2010

Vintage Description

The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet. Lenswood does not give up her fruit easily but every now and then she tosses a furtive glance your way and delivers the unexpected. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.


James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 17 2017

“A powerful wine, plums joining red and black cherry fruits in a savoury overlay suggesting the incorporation of some whole bunches.”