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2018 Stone Jar


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Eden Valley

Deep crimson with violet hues. Exotic and perfumed aromas of tamarillo, black cherry, boysenberry and black currant are supported by cinnamon, anise, rosehip and dried herbs. The palate is at once plush and savoury with flavours of freshly cut plum, red currant, cacao nib and black pepper. Elegantly structured, the balanced acidity and fine tannins provide a beautiful mouthfeel with a long, focused finish.

It pulses with energy and enjoyment. A core of bright fruit yet definitely a savoury wine with a hint of meaty reduction. Crunchy acidity and precise tannins all adding to its complexity... 93 points.

Jane Faulkner, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 1 August 2020

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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Tempranillo
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
22 March
Matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
The 2018 Stone Jar Tempranillo pays tribute in this vintage to Stephen and Prue’s grandson Bosco Nicolas Henschke, second child of Johann and Angela, who was born in Spain in 2018 with a congenital heart defect and passed away at four weeks of age. He lives on in the Henschke family’s love and memories. A percentage of the proceeds of each bottle sold of this vintage will be donated to HeartKids Australia, who help lives and families affected by congenital heart disease. The tempranillo grape is native to northern Spain, where Bosco’s maternal family have a long history of making wine from this variety. This single vineyard of tempranillo was planted on sandy loam soils high in the Eden Valley. The Stone Jar name gives recognition to the original Henschke settlers and their rich and wonderfully varied traditions, which were continued on for generations. Stephen’s grandfather Paul Alfred sold his wine to local customers in stone jars, which in the Barossa were known as Krugs.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

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.


Barossa Wine Show - Gold Medal
Other Single Red Varieties Trophy - National Wine Show of Australia


Jeremy Oliver

April, 14 2021

"Supple, fragrant and medium-bodied, this pristine and contemporary tempranillo slowly unfolds an earthy, faintly meaty perfume of red berries, blood plums and a whiff of chocolate lifted by fragrant notes of spice and flowers. Its vivacious core of pristine red and black fruit is spotlessly pure and juicy, moving down a fine, loose-knit spine towards a mouthwatering acidity."

Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

January, 15 2021

"...this is a vibrant wine, full of life, full of summer. It tastes like berries and earth playing in the sun. It’s a bit jubey, a bit spicy, a bit savoury and a touch minty. Drink it and you can see the eucalypts in the distance, the soil parched, the green vines, the fruit. Its flavours and its feel just seem to have that kind of real."

Nick Stock

October, 27 2020

"This is very fresh and lively and is packed with cherry, strawberry and blueberry aromas. Well matched, spicy oak and some tarry elements, too. The palate has a very impressive structural weave of fine tannin and delivers an exceptionally fresh, blueberry and red-cherry core. So lively. Their best release to date and a commemorative wine for Bosco Nicolas Henschke."

Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion

August, 1 2020

"It pulses with energy and enjoyment. A core of bright fruit yet definitely a savoury wine with a hint of meaty reduction. Crunchy acidity and precise tannins all adding to its complexity..."



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