Crimson in colour with brick-red hues. Attractive aromas of red currant, red cherry and raspberry, with complex nuances of rosehip and orange brûleé. Rich and fruit-driven, with hints of orange, rosehip and toffee; the palate is elegantly balanced with layers of savoury texture, clean acidity and fine-grained tannins for a long, silky finish.
Light, clear colour; classic rose petal, powder puff and spice aromas swirl around on the bouquet, the palate providing more of the same until the finish and aftertaste when tannins appear. They provide an essential framework for the wine, giving it the ability to stand up to virtually any dish, especially Italian. 95 points.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning and elegant red wines from Eden Valley, that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance.
"Light, clear colour; classic rose petal, powder puff and spice aromas swirl around on the bouquet, the palate providing more of the same until the finish and aftertaste when tannins appear. They provide an essential framework for the wine, giving it the ability to stand up to virtually any dish, especially Italian."
"There are few Nebbiolos in Australia and even fewer good ones. Henschke's 2015 The Rose Grower Nebbiolo (which includes a splash of Barbera) is appropriately rusty in color at the rim but clear ruby at its heart. Aged in only used oak, the aromas are spot on—marrying floral notes with cherry fruit and hints of black tea, while the medium to full-bodied palate is round and supple, telegraphing sunshine and ripeness well in excess of most Barolos. There seems no need or reason to age this beyond the present day, as it makes for a pretty satisfying drink, even without the classic Nebbiolo tannins."