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2018 Abbotts Prayer

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Region
Adelaide Hills
Description

Garnet with crimson hues. Delightfully fragrant aromas of blueberry, mulberry, cassis and violets are woven together with notes of bay and tea leaf, bramble and briar bush, anise, clove and mace. Luscious plum, mulberry and red currant fruits provide depth and richness, balanced by bright acidity and a long finish, textured with fine grained, elegant tannins.

This is a particularly enjoyable Abbotts Prayer, the seamless union of merlot and cabernet translating as a perfectly balanced juicy stream of red and blackcurrant fruit, oak and tannins there or thereabouts, but no more.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, 1 August 2020
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Product Information

Vintage
2018
Grape varieties
  • 57% Merlot
  • 43% Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.61
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
13 - 28 March
Maturation
Matured in 10% new and 90% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background
Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue selected Lenswood in 1981 as a new vineyard site just 50km from the historic Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards in the Eden Valley. At 550m, the slopes of the Lenswood vineyard offer not only beautiful views toward the old vine country, but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. The property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyards in the area originally known as Abbotts Flat, was established in the late 1800s and pioneered by the first settler, T N Mitchell.
Serving Temperature
17°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 30+ 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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Reviews

James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion

August, 1 2020

"This is a particularly enjoyable Abbotts Prayer, the seamless union of merlot and cabernet translating as a perfectly balanced juicy stream of red and blackcurrant fruit, oak and tannins there or thereabouts, but no more."

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Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

July, 21 2020

"The 2018-vintage conditions clearly suited this vineyard and has produced a wine with power and focus. Aromas of bright raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, rose hips and cedar wood lead to a palate that has a very plush, saturated feel. The depth of dark-cherry and plum flavor is impressive, as is the carry into the finish. The fine-grained tannins are swathed in very plush, intense, ripe dark berries. The ripeness serves this wine well."

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Huon Hooke The Real Review

May, 13 2020

"Deep red/purple hue, with a complex, earthy, humus-like bouquet, which also suggests roll-your-own tobacco and echoes of blueberry. The wine is medium to full-bodied and loaded with firm tannins ... Cellaring Recommended."

 

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