Deep ruby with garnet hues. Lovely complex aromas of cassis, red currant and mulberry interwoven with anise, oregano, thyme, violets and tobacco leaf. The palate delivers layers of vibrant and pure black currant and plum, balanced by hints of cedar and vanilla pod. Lively acidity and fine-grained tannins provide a long, defined, mouth-coating finish.
Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade. 97 points.
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.
"Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade."
“In the very generous seasons, Eden Valley Cabernet is something to behold, uniting varietal precision and structural energy with enticing depth and delicious, glossy black fruits. Even more pure and focussed than the epic 2015 before it, this is an incredible juxtaposition of blackcurrant density and consummately scaffolded endurance”
"Deep crimson. Fragrant pure blackcurrant, mulberry aromas with roasted almond, herb garden sage star anise notes. Sinuous and gorgeously balanced with superb pure blackcurrant fruits, fine-grained perfectly ripe tannins and underlying roasted almond, roasted walnut oak notes. Finishes al dente firm with superb mineral length. Elegantly styled, perfectly balanced and beautifully pure fruited with animated textures and linear freshness. A reference Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with superb regional voice and modulated power. An extraordinary and potentially long-lasting wine. 100% 30+ year old cabernet sauvignon."
"Named in honour of the man who created the Hill of Grace. There is a wonderful brightness and energy about this famous wine. It's from one of the Henschke vineyards that's managed along biodynamic lines. Precise and pure palate structure with controlled, chalky tannins and perfectly integrated oak, of which 3 percent is new. Has captured the essence of this vintage perfectly, delivering a wine of polish and poise."
"Very deep, dark red/purple colour, with a pungent peppermint and raspberry cordial-like bouquet, laced with creosote and charred oak. Crushed gumleaves. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, concentrated and firmly tannic, the massive structure surrounding a core of sweet cassis-like fruit flavour. A very solid, rather extracted wine which concludes with a lot of chew. It needs more time."
"A plush, ripe but artfully balanced and structured cabernet whose dusty, cedary bouquet of cassis, mulberries, dark plums and fresh new French oak reveals a whiff of dried herbs. Supported by a firm spine of fine, gravelly tannins, it’s poised and polished, with a core of evenly ripened fruit extending with exceptional length and drive towards a measured finish of refreshing acidity. A really smart wine and the best under this label since 2002."
"Born of a single vineyard and it could be born of no other. Its flavour profile is unique. Pretty and perfumed but deep and brooding. Blackberries soaked with prunes, forest berries infused with mint, tobacco buried in earth, potpourri synched to the tannin. It’s a beautiful wine, calm, strong, generous, considered. The Henschke family have roamed the wines of this vineyard for so long that they’ve come to share attributes. The firm finish of this wine is something. The whole wine is."
Unlike the 2015 vintage, which enjoyed a slight violet lift from a drop of Cabernet Franc, this 2016 is all Cabernet Sauvignon. It seems austere, almost guarded on the nose but it all changes on the palate, showing playful energetic whirls of blackberry, blueberry and mulberry, with a redcurrant bite. A savoury mouthfeel allows cedar, baking spices and a prickle of black pepper to hang at the finish, along with lick of dusty red earth. The fine tannic grip suggests a decade of cellaring is required to see this wine at its best.