Deep crimson with bright crimson hues. Intense aromas of ripe, spicy red currant, Satsuma plum, rhubarb, boysenberry and blackberry with lifted hints of cassis, violets, sage, bay leaf, black pepper, baking spices and cedar. The palate has excellent depth and structure with plush, ripe dark fruits and a balanced acid line driving the mid-palate long and finishing with savoury spice and dried herbs in unison with the elegant, fine-grained tannins.
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.
"A Barossa Bordeaux-ish blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Black and purples plus an intriguing nose with cigar box notes, some smoky campfire characters, dry herbs, barbecued meats, dark chocolate, coffee grinds and even some red apple touches. Still quite youthful, it finishes with some pleasing sour cherry flavours, dark berries and more chocolate. This has slightly more chewy tannins than did the Johann’s Garden. It also has decent length and years ahead of it. Should be improved by another five to eight years under its belt."
"Complex and aromatic, this red offers black tea, dark chocolate, crushed pine needles and licorice-laced blackberry and plum flavors that are refined and polished, with velvety tannins and a touch of cocoa powder on the finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc."
"Medium deep crimson. Fresh blackberry, dark plum, raspberry, dark chocolate espresso aromas with savoury roasted walnut/cedar notes. Concentrated blackberry, dark plum, mulberry fruits, attractive chinotto, negroni notes, sinuous velvety fine tannins and integrated roasted walnut oak. Finishes chocolaty firm with plentiful ripe dark fruits and savoury notes. Richly flavoured wine with lovely volume, texture, freshness and balance. Drink early or keep for a while."
"A sumptuous, savoury twist on classic Shiraz-Cabernet blends, full of rich, velvety cassis fruit, dark chocolate, cured black olive and dried herbs. Splashes of Merlot and Cabernet Franc bring accents of blueberry, spicy fruitcake, tea, tomato plant and ketchup. A fretwork of tannins and juicy acidity makes for a dynamic interplay of flavours and textures, concluding with Cabernet Sauvignon's gravel, grip and focus. A full-bodied, flavoursome feast."
"This is a spectacular Euphonium with the most detail and exuberance I have seen from this label. I am a committed fan of The Great Australian Red (see www.thegreataustralianred.com) blend and while this wine hides some Merlot and Cab Franc in the mix, to great effect, this is a mighty release and a wine that offers a true sense of Australian vinous history at the same time as rewarding you with incredible value for money. If you want to experience the Henschke magic, with TGAR heritage, while embracing a fabulous vintage and a fairly forward disposition, this is IT!
"...Very pleasing, evolved nose with no single varietal element dominating. The 2015 was a wine of the week. This is also very winning indeed. Very much in the Henschke style with lift and richness but admirable subtlety. Real refreshment value with a suggestion of Australia's eucalyptus character and a real vibration on the end. Not the most concentrated wine but so what? Hint of oyster shells on the nose..."
"A lovely, fuller figured release with lush, ripe fruit characters, boysenberry jam whiffs and flavours, a bit of choc-cherry character, faintest nougat and coconut, cinnamon going on mid palate and through the close. Lots of spice, is another thing. It’s flows nicely, soft, thick, rich, a bit boozey-breathy but long, finishing with a titter of lemony acidity but mostly sweet fruit. Very lush and rounded. Big appeal for those seeking fuller, warming expressions in good balance."
"Very deep and intense ruby-red colour throughout the glass. Mulberry and wakame aromatics. A medium-weighted shiraz that still shows bright fruit with a layer of tobacco leaf and bracken savoury. Fine-boned tannins give good length and drive. Supple and harmonious."
"Mulberry, blackberry, leaf and spicy aromas are now joined by some delicious aged cedary complexity. It dry, rounded and fleshy with dark berry and ethereal dried sage and spicy flavours on a long bold finish that is dominated by rustic tannins. It’s impressive but slightly structure heavy so best served with a serious piece of meat."
"This blend of old-vine Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is open and fragrant yet powerful and dense right from the get go. Concentrated damson plum and black currant are backed by notes of dark chocolate, licorice, eucalyptus and tomato leaf, with a sanguine nuance. The tannins are powerful and drying but hold the silky fruit neatly in place."
"The bouquet does indeed bellow from the glass like that a euphonium. It has a swag of red, black and purple fruits all in tune, something very different for drinking now."
"2016 Keyneton Euphonium beautifully marries the mint and herb of the Bordeaux varieties with the plumminess and spice of the Shiraz. Hints of mint, tea and violets accent dark, plummy fruit, then finish with savory overtones of black olive. It’s full-bodied and supple..."