2021 Marble Angel

Barossa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep crimson with ruby hues. Lifted aromas of dark bramble and black cherry with subtle notes of cedar, crushed fresh herbs, bay leaf, violets and sandalwood. An intense and layered palate of cherry, blackcurrant, cassis, savoury herbs and bay leaf, with excellent balance, length and fine-grained tannins.

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Deep crimson with ruby hues. Lifted aromas of dark bramble and black cherry with subtle notes of cedar, crushed fresh...

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BACKGROUND

The Barossa has been home to grapegrowing and winemaking families for six generations. Stephen’s great-uncle Julius Henschke grew up at the family winery, and in his adult years became a renowned craftsman, artist and sculptor. Julius was recognised for ornate headstones and angel sculptures at the Gnadenberg Cemetery, as well as his most celebrated work, the inspiring National War Memorial on North Terrace in Adelaide. His Angel of Compassion and Duty sculptures are acclaimed across the country. Julius’ craft focused on the most pristine white Angaston marble quarried next to the cabernet sauvignon vineyard at Light Pass, planted on ancient red clay and limestone soil, which brings out the exquisite flavour and structure in the wine.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: 26 – 27 February
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential:
20+ 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.

The Barossa has been home to grapegrowing and winemaking families for six generations. Stephen’s great-uncle Julius Henschke grew up at the family winery, and in his adult years became a renowned craftsman, artist and sculptor. Julius was recognised for ornate headstones and angel sculptures at the Gnadenberg Cemetery, as well as his most celebrated work, the inspiring National War Memorial on North Terrace in Adelaide. His Angel of Compassion and Duty sculptures are acclaimed across the country. Julius’ craft focused on the most pristine white Angaston marble quarried next to the cabernet sauvignon vineyard at Light Pass, planted on ancient red clay and limestone soil, which brings out the exquisite flavour and structure in the wine.

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: 26 – 27 February
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential:
20+ 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
"A sublimely presented cabernet from a vineyard planted more than 50 years ago in Light Pass. Deep and powerful blackcurrant with dark chocolate and lifted perfumed African Violet notes on the nose. The palate shows a minerally thread that cuts through the dark rich fruit flavours. Grainy tannins and oak that is deliberately backoff to let the fruit emerge. Has that distinctive brick dust minerally on the finish."

RAY JORDAN, WINEPILOT.COM

95 points
"Deep crimson. Intense blackcurrant, dark cherry chinotto aromas with inky dark chocolate mocha notes. Generously flavoured wine pure dark berry fruits, chinotto/ inky nuances, fine slinky/ fine grained textures, and underlying mocha/ espresso notes. Finishes claret/ touch al dente firm with cedar notes. Lovely concentration and torque. Should develop very well."

ANDREW CAILLARD MW, THE VINTAGE JOURNAL

95 points
"Intense black fruits and lively spices dictate the style and flow of the wine while dried herbs play a supporting role providing extra detail. The wine is delivered via supple tannins, showing good balance and great concentration of fruit."

JENI PORT, WINEPILOT.COM.AU

94+ points
" It’s firm, rich, varietal and persistent. It tastes of blueberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant, in fruit terms, though lavender, a range of garden herbs, tobacco and cedar are also present, and a dusty dryness hovers throughout. It’s medium in weight though, if anything, it leans to the bolder side of that definition, and the kick off the finish – for both flavour and tannin – makes it feel bigger. This...

CAMPBELL MATTINSON, THE VINTAGE JOURNAL

93 points
"A sassy, mid-weighted cabernet that is aromatic, inviting and immaculately crafted. Violet and crushed musk, with a whiff of mint. Red and black currant pastilles, anise and a bow of well wrought tannins wrapped in a dried sage, menthol and lavender piquancy, dry yet pliant and savory. Very good drinking from now across the mid-term."

NED GOODWIN MW, JAMESSUCKLING.COM