Bright pale-garnet with cherry-red hues. Alluring spicy aromas of red cherries, red currants, wild berries and rosehip with supporting nuances of strawberry leaf, dried herbs, musk and baking spices. Rich and textural, the palate shows flavours of wild forest fruits, black cherries and hints of fennel, with precise acidity forming a tight mineral core, and elegant, fine tannins leading to a long, savoury finish.
This has a very attractive red-cherry core of fruit with baked berry pastry and quite supple, fleshy and mouthwatering fruit intensity. There’s a fresh, crunchy and fleshy feel here with a wealth of plush, attractive and fleshy fruit at the finish.
Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.
"This has a very attractive red-cherry core of fruit with baked berry pastry and quite supple, fleshy and mouthwatering fruit intensity. There’s a fresh, crunchy and fleshy feel here with a wealth of plush, attractive and fleshy fruit at the finish."
"Sometimes a wine floors you for all the right reasons. Drop everything and give this pinot the full attention it deserves. The fruit was grown on the steep north and east-facing slopes of Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard, and crafted using traditional methods. The result is a refined, seductively spicy drop with beautiful flavour intensity, and a proud backbone that’ll see it stand tall in 20 years’ time. Enjoy it feet up in front of a roaring fire."