Light straw with green-gold hues. Perfumed aromas of zesty lemon, clover blossom, citrus and stone-fruit are supported be developing nuances of honey on toast, lanolin and lemon butter and balanced by hints of lemongrass, ginger spices and dried herbs. The palate is elegant and textural, with a lovely intensity of citrus and stone-fruit flavours, and ripe lime leaf acidity that drives along a crisp, fine finish.
Dusty straw aromas, light straw-yellow hue, very typical semillon nose, but spicy and nutty thanks to the barrel contact. It's lean and restrained and dry; the oak discreet...
The 2014 moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory, and followed by the wettest February in 44 years. Fortunately Eden Valley was still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on early vintage white varieties, while the red varieties continued to fully ripen. March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the equinox, resulting in one of the longest and latest vintages. In summary, a challenging season with excellent quality but very low yields.
The vines were planted in '52 by fourth-generation Louis Henschke on a small patch of the Hill of Grace Vineyard. The wine was fermented in used barriques and matured for 12 months, plus 12 months in bottle before release. This is the second release, and its longevity is beyond doubt.
"From semillon vines planted in ’52 on a small patch of the Hill of Grace vineyard. The wine was fermented in used barriques and matured for 12 months, with five years in bottle before release. This is the second release, its longevity underwritten by its great balance."
"A parcel of semillon from within the Hill of Grace Vineyard that was planted in 1952. This has a very rich and ripe impression from the very outset with a smooth, lemon core of fruit aromas and flavors with a smooth, dense and concentrated palate. Subtle oak influence. Fresh acidity flushes the finish."
"Tiny quantity made; essentially cellar door only. From the Hill of Grace vineyard. Grown on vines planted in 1952. The nose shows pure stonefruit, citrus and honeysuckle, the palate adds lemongrass and lanolin. You’d pick it as Semillon ten times out of ten. It’s highly varietal, minimal oak handling adding a smidgen of texture. There’s development here, shown in wool, toast and spice notes, and arguably it’s now at its drinking peak. But there’s no tiredness, it has years ahead."
"Dusty straw aromas, light straw-yellow hue, very typical semillon nose, but spicy and nutty thanks to the barrel contact. It's lean and restrained and dry; the oak discreet. Very dry, taut and savoury. A tighter, more racy wine than the Louis."
"Artfully balanced, long and measured, this effortlessly smooth and creamy semillon reveals a faintly tobaccoey bouquet of green lemon, lemon tart and faintly buttery oak. It’s vivacious and mouthfilling, building depth and impact of translucently clear fruit as it moves over a fine, powdery spine towards a soft and measured finish."