2021 Keyneton Euphonium Magnum

Barossa

Shiraz Cabernet Blend

Dark crimson with bright ruby hues. Fragrant aromas of blackberry, raspberry, plum, rhubarb and cassis are entwined with hints of sage, cooking spice, black pepper, anise and violets. An elegant palate opens with fresh cut plum and mulberry, leading into blackberry, bramble, cassis and bay leaf, balanced by bright acidity and an exceptionally long, fine tannin finish.

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$160.00
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$160.00
Dark crimson with bright ruby hues. Fragrant aromas of blackberry, raspberry, plum, rhubarb and cassis are entwine...
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BACKGROUND

Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot from selected vineyards in both regions. The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, established by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the community, and home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and Henschke Winery. The band was founded in 1888 by second-generation Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, featuring wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium was produced by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1800s and have been lovingly restored to remain in the care of the Henschke family.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 63% Shiraz 29% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot
Harvest Date: 1 March – 22 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Exceptional vintage

Cellaring potential:
25+ years (from vintage)

VINTAGE

2021 was an excellent vintage. Average winter rainfall was followed by minor frost events in late September and spring rains in early October. Budburst was even with good fruitfulness, although heat bursts in late November affected fruit set. Strong winds in early December caused some damage to the canopies but the fruit remained disease free. January was mild and dry with a short heat wave late January at veraison, followed by rainfall in early February. The lead up to vintage and the conditions during ripening remained cool, cloudy and dry, with the fruit showing balanced acidity, excellent colour and flavour development.

Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot from selected vineyards in both regions. The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, established by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the community, and home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and Henschke Winery. The band was founded in 1888 by second-generation Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, featuring wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium was produced by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1800s and have been lovingly restored to remain in the care of the Henschke family.

Varieties: 63% Shiraz 29% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot
Harvest Date: 1 March – 22 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Exceptional vintage

Cellaring potential:
25+ years (from vintage)

2021 was an excellent vintage. Average winter rainfall was followed by minor frost events in late September and spring rains in early October. Budburst was even with good fruitfulness, although heat bursts in late November affected fruit set. Strong winds in early December caused some damage to the canopies but the fruit remained disease free. January was mild and dry with a short heat wave late January at veraison, followed by rainfall in early February. The lead up to vintage and the conditions during ripening remained cool, cloudy and dry, with the fruit showing balanced acidity, excellent colour and flavour development.

96 points
"Pure dark cherry, hint marzipan aromas with aniseed, herb garden notes. Minerally and loose knit in structure with pure cherry, blackberry pastille fruits, fine chalky/ graphite textures, lovely mid packet volume and fresh quartz acidity. Supple lacy finish with vanilla marzipan notes. The soupçon of new oak gives an extra level of complexity. Really delicious and satisfying wine."

ANDREW CAILLARD MW, THE VINTAGE JOURNAL

95 points
"Deep, dark and impenetrably opaque in the glass. Brooding aromas of mulberry, satsuma plum, anise, bramble, spice and graphite. Full, rich, fleshy and quite primary and plush in flavour. Lashings of black fruits, sweet spice, choc-mint and a briary earthiness. The tannins are textured, firm and shapely and there’s plenty of lively acidity ensuring the decadent fruit behaves itself."

AARON BRASHER, THE REAL REVIEW

93 points
"The blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot brings plenty of structure as well as flavour. It is destined to see some extended time in bottle. Dusty, smoky, woodsy, earthy, it offers a long walk through the woods releasing dark blackberry, black olive, bramble, cassis, leather with a touch of cured meats within a taut, tannin frame."

JENI PORT, WINEPILOT.COM

92+ points
"This is a silken release, creamy, with sound curranty fruit running through its core, complemented by grass, bay leaf, toast and sweet plum characters. It covers the field, each variety contributing, ably. It’s a pleasure to drink; its leaf notes temper the fruit quite beautifully. Tannin is a fine, well-placed mesh too. It’s good now but there’s obviously no hurry."

CAMPBELL MATTISON, WINEFRONT.COM.AU