Crimson in colour with purple hues. Alluring aromas of black cherry, strawberries and cream, raspberry, rhubarb and red currant with nuances of dried herbs, aniseed and musk. Rich, juicy red and blue fruits, vanilla, mint and cinnamon spice flavours are seamlessly balanced with fine, silky tannins and an elegant structure for a focussed and lingering finish.
Picking began two weeks later than usual and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in the first week of May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for a cool, wet and windy spring, with spring temperatures approximately 2C below average Wet soils, combined with cooler temperatures resulted in slow shoot development, however the lack of stress in the vines meant that the flowers developed well. Favourable weather during flowering resulted in good fruit set. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed the valley and the fruit was harvested in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were crushed made sure that quality was not compromised. 2017 was a classic vintage for Henschke, with well-balanced wines exhibiting beautiful fragrance, spice, purity and elegance.