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2016 Giles


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Adelaide Hills

Vibrant garnet in colour with ruby hues. Lifted aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry and red currant entwine with subtle notes of strawberries and cream, rose hip, cinnamon, orange peel and underlying floral nuances. Concentrated flavours of wild red berries surround an elegant core of sweet cherry and white pepper, while bright acidity and minerality drive a long finish of fine, velvety tannins.

An extremely fragrant bouquet of red and blue fruits points the way for a long, loose-limbed and elegant palate, the tannins silky, the finish clean.

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

Grape varieties
  • 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
2 - 22 March
Matured in 100% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills with the intention of planting varieties well suited to the cooler climate of the region. The vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and
dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to provide average to above-average yield
potential. 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/early February brought relief to our early-ripening varieties in the Adelaide Hills, resulting in excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was
followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening
varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar, colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.


Huon Hooke

September, 23 2018

Lovely sweet aromas of red cherry and strawberry; a fragrant, light-bodied but intense wine. Fresh, refined and focused, with excellent pinosity. Some whole-bunch/whole-berry influences. A delicious wine which is driven by its gorgeous fruit.

Mike Bennie WineFront

June, 26 2018

..Sour cherry, fennel, old spice cupboard, new-warm leather. Silky texture, some medium concentration of cherry-warm raspberry flavours, sour acidity (pleasant) finishes the wine. Slick kind of vibe and some gummy tannins. Quite assertive in its pinot vibe, if you get the drift.