Deep garnet in colour. Complex and spicy aromas of boysenberry conserve, dark plum and deep red and black fruits are complemented by underlying notes of flint, charcuterie, blackcurrant leaf and crushed dried herbs. Vibrant layers of plum, boysenberry and raspberry flavours entwine with savoury spice, cracked black pepper and cocoa. Fine-grained mature tannins provide texture for a plush mouthfeel and beautifully long finish.
... A very attractive blend that shows promise for the Henschke family courtesy of its soft, yet juicy, purple and black fruits, the tannins ample but ripe.
A later start to picking and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised. 2017 will be characterised by impeccably floral and vibrant rieslings, an indicator of our slightly cooler conditions.
"... A very attractive blend that shows promise for the Henschke family courtesy of its soft, yet juicy, purple and black fruits, the tannins ample but ripe."
"Juicy. Tasty. Medium-bodied with sweet/floral fruit to the fore, but with slick tannin keeping it nicely in shape. Cherries, boysenberries and violets with woodsy spices lending a hand. Nice wine. Drink it anytime from now."
"...a wine of superior quality with some serious black fruit flavours. Think damson plums, red cherry and blueberry/cassis. Will cellar beautifully over the next five to seven years, but ripe for drinking as is."
"A juicy and straightforward red with lots of crushed berries and a sweetness underneath. Tangy and flavorful. Medium body. Crisp finish."
"Deep, bright red/purple colour, with a bouquet that opens with reductive, sulfide notes as well as sweet plum and dark cherry nuances. The wine is medium to full-bodied in the mouth with very soft, fine tannins that caress the palate. A delicious wine, fruit-sweet and supple, yet it has enough structure to prevent it cloying, and to facilitate its food compatibility. The sulfides clear quite quickly. It drinks remarkably well already."