Crimson with violet hues. Lifted aromatics of red berries, black cherry and plum are supported by violets, anise, sage and cracked pepper. The vibrant palate exudes rich plum and red currant flavours, with hints of pepper and anise. Decadent layers of flavor and texture are supported by svelte tannins and excellent length.
The shiraz and viognier were co-fermented, the other varieties fermented separately, matured in French hogsheads (10% new). Shiraz/viognier dominates the blend, but does so without bluster - indeed this is a wine with javelin of linearity that is from fruit and acid, not tannins or oak. This could be a sleeper, stealing the show in 10+ years. 94 points.
A moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer lead to the potential for near-average yields. Late December became warm and dry and assured for healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically hot and dry but extreme heat periods were shorter than in recent memory, characterised instead by well above-average overnight temperatures. March and April provided the light and warmth which lead to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of this decade, fittingly so in the year we celebrated our 150th anniversary of family winemaking.
"The shiraz and viognier were co-fermented, the other varieties fermented separately, matured in French hogsheads (10% new). Shiraz/viognier dominates the blend, but does so without bluster - indeed this is a wine with javelin of linearity that is from fruit and acid, not tannins or oak. This could be a sleeper, stealing the show in 10+ years."
"Deep crimson. Fresh and intense dark plum, mulberry dried apricot aromas with aniseed notes. Generous mouthfilling wine with plentiful musky plum, mulberry raspberry fruits, fine persistent chalky/ dusty tannins, underlying dark chocolate notes and crisp but integrated acidity. An early drinking style with attractive vigour, volume and mineral length."
"The 2018 Henry's Seven boasts aromas of boysenberries and blueberries. plus hints of dried spices ... oak is a minor element, with the fruit flavors coming through loud and clear on the medium to full-bodied palate. It's supple and easy to drink, with a hint of stone fruit on the long and softly dusty finish."
"Such good value here, this offers so much young complexity with charcuterie and swirling spices dressing ripe plums and blackberries, thanks to the 67% shiraz, co-fermented with 6% viognier. The 17% grenache and 10% mataro add treble and bass to a substantially fleshy mid-section that is packed with ripe-blackberry flavors. Forget the numbers, it’s all about drinkability."
"This is a good red wine, just complex and powerful enough, if not profound. Red berried fruits, lots of earth and clovey spice, just into medium in weight, just enough (well integrated) tannin. It’s well balanced and made, and feels squeaky clean throughout. There isn’t a lot of excitement right now but I suspect that it will age well in the medium term."
"Blood plums and dark chocolate aromatics. Purple fruits roll across the palate with hints of mocha, bay and sweet spice. A full velvet mouth-feel, with a richness that is ultimately well-controlled by some fine tannins."