2019 Cyril Henschke

Eden Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark garnet with ruby hues. Fragrant and perfumed aromas of thyme, marjoram, cassis, blackcurrant, blackberry compote and violets, with hints of cedar, nutmeg, dark chocolate and pepper. A deep and textural palate of fresh redcurrant, plum, bay leaf and dark baking spices, supported by refreshing acidity and fine cocoa-dusted tannins for an endless finish.


Regular price
$180.00
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$180.00
Dark garnet with ruby hues. Fragrant and perfumed aromas of thyme, marjoram, cassis, blackcurrant, blackberry compote...
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BACKGROUND

This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, fourth-generation Henschke winemaker, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979); a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, who was renowned for old-vine, single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard in the late 1960s. The cabernet sauvignon vines, along with cabernet franc and merlot, are planted on a north facing slope, managed with organic and biodynamic practices. First produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1978, Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the incredible beauty that emerges from the vibrant rows of the Eden Valley Vineyard, revered for its texture, depth, complexity and fine-grained tannins.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: 10 – 15 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage
Cellaring potential:
30+ years (from vintage).

VINTAGE

A mild and dry winter, followed by a dry and windy spring, saw frost events in September and November that disrupted budburst and young shoot growth. A hailstorm in late November impacted the fresh young shoots carrying the crop, with shiraz the most affected. Warmer than average temperatures in January and February, including the hottest summer’s day on record, led to the advancement of maturity and early onset of vintage. Warm weather in late summer maintained low disease pressure and small berry size, providing optimal ripening conditions. Despite miniscule yields, 2019 was a high-quality vintage with beautiful expressions of varietal character, good structure and excellent flavour intensity. The 2019 vintage will be remembered as a challenging season where regenerative viticulture and organic and biodynamic practices were vital to nurturing the health of the Henschke vineyards through an exceptionally warm and dry year.

This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, fourth-generation Henschke winemaker, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979); a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, who was renowned for old-vine, single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard in the late 1960s. The cabernet sauvignon vines, along with cabernet franc and merlot, are planted on a north facing slope, managed with organic and biodynamic practices. First produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1978, Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the incredible beauty that emerges from the vibrant rows of the Eden Valley Vineyard, revered for its texture, depth, complexity and fine-grained tannins.

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: 10 – 15 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage
Cellaring potential:
30+ years (from vintage).

A mild and dry winter, followed by a dry and windy spring, saw frost events in September and November that disrupted budburst and young shoot growth. A hailstorm in late November impacted the fresh young shoots carrying the crop, with shiraz the most affected. Warmer than average temperatures in January and February, including the hottest summer’s day on record, led to the advancement of maturity and early onset of vintage. Warm weather in late summer maintained low disease pressure and small berry size, providing optimal ripening conditions. Despite miniscule yields, 2019 was a high-quality vintage with beautiful expressions of varietal character, good structure and excellent flavour intensity. The 2019 vintage will be remembered as a challenging season where regenerative viticulture and organic and biodynamic practices were vital to nurturing the health of the Henschke vineyards through an exceptionally warm and dry year.

19/20
“This is an amazingly refined wine with a thrilling perfume and superbly pure fruit. It is a red light sabre of purity, and while it is a shame that yields were pinched in 2019, this wine is one of the most slender and direct Cyrils I have tasted, and I adore its balance and poise.”

MATTHEW JUKES, MATTHEWJUKES.COM

17.5/20
“Very fragrant ripe Cabernet. High toned. Fermented blackcurrant pastilles. Quite a charge of fine, ripe tannins underneath but even now the impression is of a smooth, concentrated wine. Definitely one for the table.”

JANCIS ROBINSON, JANSCISROBINSON.COM

97 points
“First made in 1978, this is an utterly beguiling vintage of this single-vineyard Cabernet, with terrific expression of variety, sub-region and terroir. Ripe but sinuous, lissom even; the blackcurrant, blackberry and mulberry fruit is scented with violets, lilac and garrigue herbs, plus delicate notes of tobacco, coffee and walnut cake and cedar. Graphite tannins strike an elegant note. Lovely detail, freshness and finesse, with luminosity and dreamy languor to the...

SARAH AHMED, DECANTER

97 points
"Bold, luscious blackberry and raspberry aromas take center stage, followed by subtler aromas of violet syrup, tomato jam and lovely sweet spice and herb nuances. Things get more serious on the palate, where supple and fine “cat’s tongue” tannins are prominent, but well integrated into the plump fruit, with a lovely lift of acidity. This is a downright sexy Cab, with the best of Henschke all rolled into one. Drink...