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.
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.
“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.”
"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."
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.
“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.”