Henry’s Seven 2016 – Products – Henschke
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2016 Henry’s Seven

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$37.00

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Region
Eden Valley | Barossa Valley
Description

Deep crimson with ruby hues. Attractive aromas of spiced plum, red currant and blue and black berry fruits are met with floral nuances of violets and black pepper spice. The round, supple palate is filled with juicy blue and red fruits, spiced plum, liquorice and notes of crushed tarragon, with beautifully textured svelte tannins and a long, peppery finish.

Its colour and spicy perfume are simply beautiful - juice, flesh, medium-bodied structure are all in harmony. Delicious.

Tony Love, The Source SA, July 2018
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Product Information

Vintage
2016
Grape varieties
  • 66% Shiraz
  • 15% Grenache
  • 10% Mataro
  • 9% Viognier
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.52
Acidity
6.02g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
8 March - 12 April
Maturation
Viognier co-fermented with shiraz; grenache and mataro fermented separately. Matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background
The shiraz, grenache, mataro, viognier blend is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry’s death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her temperance convictions by closing the winery and uprooting all the winegrapes. This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of the Barossa.
Serving Temperature
15°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm
and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and fruit set. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March with an earlier harvest as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour, and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.

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Reviews

Chris Wilson The Buyer

August, 19 2018

“Described by Johann [Henschke] as “something to drink while you wait for the Edelstone and Hill of Grace to mature in the cellar” this is blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Viognier. It’s a sumptuous, smooth wine with maraschino cherry and plum fruit as well as a counter-balanced savouriness of leather and blood. A smoky finish and soft but grippy tannins leave you wanting more.”

Ray Jordan Top Shelf Wine, The Weekend West

August, 1 2018

"This is a blend of shiraz with smaller contributions from Grenache and mataro and a splash of viognier to spice things up. this is one of the best I have tasted of this wine. Has a beautiful fruit purity, with spicy gingery character. The perfume emerges so beautifully from the bouquet with other spicy bright fruit aromas. Appealing seamless palate."

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Tony Love, The Advertiser The Source SA

July, 18 2018

A Barossa Valley and Eden Valley mix of shiraz, grenache and mataro in 66:15:10 proportions, with the final being 9 per cent viognier co-fermented with the shiraz to add an extra fragrant element to this stunning Rhone-like blend. Its colour and spicy perfume are simply beautiful - juice, flesh, medium-bodied structure are all in harmony. Delicious.

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Mike Bennie The Wine Front

June, 27 2018

“Contains grenache, mataro and a cool 9% of viognier. Built for perfume and structure, says Stephen Henschke. Fragrant red of wafty spice, red currants, some sweet earthy notes, light raspberry, but the main deal is spice, sweet, brown, peppery, delicious. So silky in the palate, a good slick of liquid spice in raspberry fruit characters, finishes lightly peppery, pretty and with a light corkscrew of tannins. Elegance and seamlessness. Beautiful drinking.”