Deep purple with violet hues. Alluring aromas of mulberry, blue and black berries, red plum and fresh vanilla bean are carried by nuances of crushed lavender, flowering herbs, bay leaf and black pepper. The palate is wonderfully structured, revealing intense flavours of red berry fruits, dark plum and Swiss chocolate, and finishing rich and textured, with fine-grained tannins and extraordinary length.
A fundamentally gorgeous wine, hands down.
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm
and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.
“Exotic, fragrant and spice-laden, this is a classic Eden Valley Shiraz that expresses all the exuberant mulberry, blackberry, exotic spice and black pepper that characterises the region. Fifty-year-old vines give tannins of supple texture yet firm, fine confidence, seamlessly integrated with high cocoa dark chocolate oak on a finish of grand line and length.”
“100% shiraz grown on the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard. 95% French oak, 10% new, 5% American. The warm peppery spices, the pure redcurrant, the woodsmoke and chocolate and cedarwood. It makes a convincing case for complexity but the ooze of fruit and sweetness of oak are where the action is; combined they put on a wonderfully seductive display. A fundamentally gorgeous wine, hands down.”
“Deep red/purple colour with a very fragrant, lifted, aromatic nose - violet, cherry, raspberry and fragrant spice, not so much pepper but it has a bouquet of balsamic herbs. Superb elegance and aromaticity, a gorgeous, utterly delicious shiraz in a cool-climate style, which is more Adelaide Hills-like than Eden Valley. A beautiful wine! (A debut single-vineyard wine from the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard).”