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2019 Giles


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Adelaide Hills

Ruby with bright crimson hues. Perfumed, spicy red and black cherry aromas with notes of rosehip, violets, fennel, rhubarb and strawberry. The richly flavoured palate reveals pure and complex spiced cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit giving mid-plate definition, complemented by lifted, bright acidity, textural silky tannins and excellent length.

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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
29 February – 14 March
Matured in 10% new and 90% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen, and Prue Henschke purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills; the vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. The Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. In the mid-1980s Stephen and Prue initiated several trials looking at different clones of pinot noir, and there are now eight clones planted across the vineyard: MV6, D5V12, G8V3, G8V7, Pommard and the famous Bernard Burgundy clones of 115, 777 and 667. The pinot noir vineyard shows a true sense of place and was named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

Vintage 2019 provided generally good growing conditions for the Adelaide Hills, with three notable events: the coldest September on record, the wettest November since 2005 and a mini heat wave on the cusp of January/February that the Adelaide Hills rode out extremely well due to good canopy cover. A rapid progression in berry maturation was kick-started by the Harvest Moon falling right on the spring Equinox, with all varieties ripening at the same time. Hand-harvesting was done in three weeks, bookended by the early sparkling and late red varieties. Yields were down by 20-50 due to ‘hen and chicken’ (berries of different sizes) from the cold, wet period during flowering, however quality was exceedingly good in both white and red varieties as a result of better ripening conditions.



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