Crimson with garnet hues. Bright, lifed aromas of red currant, rosehip and raspberry develop into concentrated baked plum pudding with notes of anise, nutmeg, mace and a hint of white pepper. The soft, luscious palate is complemented by complex flavours of spiced berry compote, raspberry and red licorice that fill the mouth. An elegant style with fine, velvety tannins and balanced acidity.
Everything in sync with this 76/18/6% grenache mataro shiraz. It's immediately appealing with its raspberry and blackberry flavours, warm earth and Chinese five-spice. Ripe and plush with beautiful grainy textural tannins and fresh acidity, all ensuring this will last some distance. Hard to resist now though. 95 points.
Picking began two weeks later than usual and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in the first week of May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for a cool, wet and windy spring, with spring temperatures approximately 2C below average Wet soils, combined with cooler temperatures resulted in slow shoot development, however the lack of stress in the vines meant that the flowers developed well. Favourable weather during flowering resulted in good fruit set. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed the valley and the fruit was harvested in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were crushed made sure that quality was not compromised. 2017 was a classic vintage for Henschke, with well-balanced wines exhibiting beautiful fragrance, spice, purity and elegance.
"Medium crimson. Fresh musky plum, blackcurrant pastille, herb garden aromas. Fruit driven style with fresh plum, cassis, blueberry fruits, fine looseknit chalky textures, attractive mid-palate buoyancy and underlying savoury complexity. Finishes chalky firm with excellent mineral length."
"This wine is such a pretty wine...The lightness of touch and finesse in the grenache is a feature. Beautifully seductive, perfumed floral notes with hints of rose petal and subtle, earthy notes. A compelling combo. The palate is sublimely structured with a grainy tannin influence"
The 2017 Johann’s Garden is a blend of 76% Grenache, 18% Mataro and 6% Shiraz, aged in used French oak hogsheads. Sandalwood, cherries and exotic spices appear on the nose of this full-bodied, opulent offering. It’s creamy and mouthfilling without seeming heavy or overdone, remaining fresh and lively through the lingering finish that picks up hints of star anise and ground pepper.
“This blend of 76% grenache, 18% mataro and 6% shiraz registers as a wine that’s very much led by the bright power of grenache. Wild-raspberry, blueberry and lightly spiced red-plum aromas abound here with an attractive, fresh floral edge. The palate has a very central focus of blueberry and fresh red-plum flavors. There’s a long stream of flavor here. Plenty of tannin, too. This is an each-way bet to drink or hold.”