2023 Stone Jar

Eden Valley

Tempranillo

Deep crimson with bright red hues. Vibrant and complex aromas of spiced plum, raspberry, black cherry, with hints of anise, cinnamon, white pepper and musk. An ethereal and uplifting palate of red berries and tamarillo is supported by a savoury core of dried herbs and brown spice, finishing long with fine-grained peppery tannins.

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Deep crimson with bright red hues. Vibrant and complex aromas of spiced plum, raspberry, black cherry, with hints of...
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BACKGROUND

The Stone Jar Tempranillo pays tribute to Stephen and Prue’s grandson Bosco Nicolas Henschke, second child of Johann and Angela, who was born in Spain with a congenital heart defect and passed away in 2019 at four weeks of age. He lives on in the Henschke family’s love and memories. The tempranillo grape is native to northern Spain, where Bosco’s maternal family have a long history of making wine from this variety. The tempranillo was planted from 2000 onwards on the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard, on rocky soils at the source of the North Para River. The Stone Jar name gives recognition to the German Silesian families and their rich and wonderfully varied traditions, which have been carried on for generations. Stephen’s grandfather Paul Alfred sold his wine to local customers in stone jars, which in the Barossa were known as ‘krugs’.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 100% Tempranillo
Harvest Date: 28 April
Alcohol: 14%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage
Cellaring potential:
10+ years (from vintage)

VINTAGE

While the winter of 2022 saw average rainfall, the latter part of the year brought cooler and above average wet weather. This led to poor flower set and encouraged the spread of downy mildew. A hail flurry on 23 January caused some damage to the green berries, which became sites for botrytis infections later during ripening. The cool lead up to vintage resulted in a slow ripening period, allowing for great flavour development and acid retention. Rainfall during harvest encouraged the growth of botrytis, but careful hand selection during picking delivered good quality fruit. Despite the challenges, the 2023 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines. Overall, the whites show intensely perfumed aromatics with a pristine acid line and outstanding flavour concentration, while the reds are deep in colour with good structure, mature tannins and excellent length.

The Stone Jar Tempranillo pays tribute to Stephen and Prue’s grandson Bosco Nicolas Henschke, second child of Johann and Angela, who was born in Spain with a congenital heart defect and passed away in 2019 at four weeks of age. He lives on in the Henschke family’s love and memories. The tempranillo grape is native to northern Spain, where Bosco’s maternal family have a long history of making wine from this variety. The tempranillo was planted from 2000 onwards on the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard, on rocky soils at the source of the North Para River. The Stone Jar name gives recognition to the German Silesian families and their rich and wonderfully varied traditions, which have been carried on for generations. Stephen’s grandfather Paul Alfred sold his wine to local customers in stone jars, which in the Barossa were known as ‘krugs’.

Varieties: 100% Tempranillo
Harvest Date: 28 April
Alcohol: 14%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage
Cellaring potential:
10+ years (from vintage)

While the winter of 2022 saw average rainfall, the latter part of the year brought cooler and above average wet weather. This led to poor flower set and encouraged the spread of downy mildew. A hail flurry on 23 January caused some damage to the green berries, which became sites for botrytis infections later during ripening. The cool lead up to vintage resulted in a slow ripening period, allowing for great flavour development and acid retention. Rainfall during harvest encouraged the growth of botrytis, but careful hand selection during picking delivered good quality fruit. Despite the challenges, the 2023 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines. Overall, the whites show intensely perfumed aromatics with a pristine acid line and outstanding flavour concentration, while the reds are deep in colour with good structure, mature tannins and excellent length.