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2018 Giles


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Adelaide Hills

Ruby crimson with bright ruby hues. Expressive fragrant aromas of ripe forest berries, raspberry, cherry, rhubarb and strawberries and cream, with savoury notes of tarragon, lavender, potpourri and rosehip. Red berry fruits, cherry and rhubarb flavours are supported by a savoury tannin structure arising from some whole bunch fermentation, giving a lovely soft, chalky mouthfeel. This is all carried to a mouth-watering, lingering finish by a fine line of integrated acidity together with subtle oak nuances.

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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
7 - 15 March
Matured in 8% new and 92% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
In 1981 fifth-generation winemaker Stephen and Prue Henschke purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills; the vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. The Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

After a typical wet and cold winter, spring brought particularly mild and unstable weather to Lenswood with fogs, rain and numerous hail events, fortunately with no resulting damage. These cold hail blasts delayed flowering, and due to an early Harvest Moon, the growing season became quite compressed, requiring more work in the vineyard with shoot thinning and foliage lifting. A long, dry mild spell from Christmas to Easter provided ideal ripening conditions; allowing tannins to mature, acids to moderate and depth of flavour to develop. Fruit quality across the board was outstanding, the whites in particular for their purity and balance, which really defined the season after some challenging early conditions. 2018 was a fantastic year for Lenswood, with high natural acidities and excellent varietal character. 


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Andrew Caillard MW

May, 25 2020

"Medium crimson. Bright red cherry strawberry aromas with herb garden minerally notes. Supple red cherry, strawberry, raspberry fruits, silky textures and underlying mocha roasted walnut notes. Finishes lacy firm, long with fresh granny smith apple-like acidity. A fruit driven wine that builds viscosity, richness and length with every slurp."

Nick Ryan The Australian

May, 6 2020

"It is polished and pure, clean, with bright red berries, forest fruits, blood orange, some high musky notes, and a beautiful core of strawberries and spice. The palate is sinewy and taut; there’s a palpable tension at play. Fine, softly raspy tannins fan out through the finish."

Nick Stock

April, 22 2020

“A very fragrant edition of this single-vineyard pinot noir, it offers a seductive, fresh impression of wild cherries, raspberries and fresh strawberries with sappy, background notes of bracken. The palate has a sleek, succulent feel with a very juicy array of smooth tannins that carry red-cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors long and fresh. Plenty of structure, delivered with a keen sense of balance. Drink or hold.”



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