Abbotts Prayer 2015 – Products – Henschke
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2015 Abbotts Prayer


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Adelaide Hills

Deep crimson in colour with purple hues. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, plum skin and lifted notes of cassis and violet with forest-like nuances of blackcurrant leaf and cedar. An intensely fruited palate of blackcurrant, plum and blueberry flavours are complemented by hints of violet, crushed bay leaf, grilled meats and rich cedar notes, while layers of fine-grained tannins and a complex and elegant structure lead to a long and succulent finish.

It is a super-elegant, medium-bodied style with cassis the cornerstone, well-trained tannins doing the job as expected, the finish fine.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 57% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 43% Merlot
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
31 March - 14 April
Matured in 30% new and 70% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue selected Lenswood in 1981 as a new vineyard site, just 50km from the ancient Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards in the Eden Valley. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views toward the old vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. The property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyards in the area originally known as Abbotts Flat, was established in the late 1800s and pioneered by the first settler, T N Mitchell.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 25+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Adelaide Hills vineyards.  By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the
onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for
a fairytale vintage.


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Huon Hooke The Real Review

September, 25 2018

"The bouquet is very fragrant, with floral, raspberry, cassis and blackcurrant fruit aromas, and it comes into its own on the palate where it's very fine and elegant. Great intensity and refinement, with almost juicy fruit sweetness, very fine-grained tannins, tremendous precision and length. Beautiful aromatics include violets. This is exquisite: the best wine of this line that I can recall tasting." 

Max Allen Australian Financial Review

August, 24 2018

"If you’re a fan, as I am, of classically elegant cabernet merlot blends that age gracefully in the cellar for decades, you’ll love this. Disarmingly intense aromas of violets and blackcurrant; wonderfully poised and sinewy and grippy in the mouth."

James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion

August, 2 2018

“Henschke was one of the early movers with this blend in the Adelaide Hills, and learned quickly. It is a super-elegant, medium-bodied style with cassis the cornerstone, well-trained tannins doing the job as expected, the finish fine.”

Ray Jordan Top Shelf Wine

August, 1 2018

This is only the third vintage to be cabernet dominant. Opens with a spices and dried herbs character within the complex bouquet. Chalky tannins cut through the cherry, raspberry and plummy palate influences. Grainy texture with a gravelly feel.."