Bright green-gold in colour. Fragrant aromas of white flowers, poached nectarine, pear and tropical fruits with lemongrass, grapefruit, green peppercorn and hints of roast parsnip and crushed cumin seed. Intense flavours of lemon, lime, guava and juicy nectarine are complemented by peppery notes that surround a fleshy textural core of delicious mineral acidity, with a bright citrus lift and driving length.
Gruner and the Adelaide Hills are on the up and up. This is another excellent example… Pungent savoury/peppery spice in a sea of sweet florals...
Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.
"The inaugural vintage of a grüner veltliner under the Henschke label, and a lovely expression of the Austrian grape. Floral, almost riesling-like lifted perfume, then quite rich and textural on the tongue, reminiscent of a late-harvested pinot gris."
The first release of Henschke grüner veltiner is a fine effort showing heady, generous aromas of nashi pear and celery salt on a full-bodied textural palate with a distinctly spicy finish.
“Gruner and the Adelaide Hills are on the up and up. This is another excellent example… Pungent savoury/peppery spice in a sea of sweet florals. Dry, grippy, spicy palate with grapefruit pulp and stonefruit pumping flesh into the spice. Crunch, crackle, mouthfeel, interest. Fair to say I liked it.”