Ruby crimson in colour. Complex and layered aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, wild forest berries and anise are interwoven with notes of tomato and tobacco leaf. Focused and intense, the palate shows bright red fruit flavours of red currant and cranberry that roll into more herbaceous tones of bay leaf and black olive. An elegant, supple and balanced wine with long, fine grained tannins.
Fruit comes off a 40+yo single vineyard at Light Pass and morphs into a well tuned, compelling wine. It plays host to blackcurrants and warm earth, violets and mint, sandalwood and baking spices. It is full-bodied but not weighty with fine sandpaper tannins, and still showing an exuberance of youth. Cellar with confidence. 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. It was a dry, warm and windy start to January, with some welcome rain at the end of the month coinciding with the onset of veraison;
perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. Mild weather followed from February through to April providing a fairytale vintage, eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature regional varieties that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for exceptional ageing.
"Fruit comes off a 40+yo single vineyard at Light Pass and morphs into a well tuned, compelling wine. It plays host to blackcurrants and warm earth, violets and mint, sandalwood and baking spices. It is full-bodied but not weighty with fine sandpaper tannins, and still showing an exuberance of youth. Cellar with confidence."
"Medium deep crimson. Lovely fresh cassis dark chocolate roasted chestnut cedar aromas. Deeply set blackcurrant, dark chocolate flavours, some olive tapenade notes, fine al dente gravelly tannins and mocha roasted chestnut flavours. Finishes grippy firm with a long inky plume. Elegantly structured with superb density, sapidity, richness and attack. A lovely 100% Barossa Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon in the Henschke style from Light Pass."
Planted in red clay over limestone in the Light Pass subregion, Henschke’s 2015 Marble Angel Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers up notions of mint and capsicum layered over cassis, easily concealing the 20% new oak on the nose. The full-bodied palate reveals hints of cedar and dry, woody tannins that actually help restrain the runaway cassis train and keep it on the tracks to a long, slightly warm finish. Despite the dusty tannins, I’d opt for drinking it over the next 5 years or so, while the fruit is still plush and vibrant.
"There are aromas of kasundi and tapenade, heady violets, mustard seeds and bay leaves, dry gum leaf and snapped twig, with some roasting pan scrapings in there too...It’s an intricately detailed wine — you see its structural lines so clearly — and it has a sense of transparency and space. Really fine, crushed sandstone tannins, gentle grit and grip."
“Unmistakable cabernet with ripe tomato-truss aromas, as well as blackcurrants, dark cherries, iodine, dark chocolate and crushed violets. The palate has beautifully mouth-filling dark-berry flavor and a fleshy, supple weave of ripe, long tannin. The concentration is impressive. This shows what cabernet can do in milder Barossa seasons. Drink or hold."
“Glorious cabernet. Both voluminous and structured. Blackcurrant infused with assorted florals, mint and cedarwood, a clear dustiness, a marked elegance. Banging wine. Steps up and nails it. Regional character in a varietal context. X-factored. Glass stoppered. Everything is good here.”