Deep crimson with violet hues. Exotic and perfumed aromas of tamarillo, black cherry, boysenberry and black currant are supported by cinnamon, anise, rosehip and dried herbs. The palate is at once plush and savoury with flavours of freshly cut plum, red currant, cacao nib and black pepper. Elegantly structured, the balanced acidity and fine tannins provide a beautiful mouthfeel with a long, focussed finish.
A moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer lead to the potential for near-average yields. Late December became warm and dry and assured for healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically hot and dry but extreme heat periods were shorter than in recent memory, characterised instead by well above-average overnight temperatures. March and April provided the light and warmth which lead to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of this decade, fittingly so in the year we celebrated our 150th anniversary of family winemaking
"... 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."