Deep crimson with violet hues. Fragrant, spicy aromas of black pepper, sage, bay leaf and anise are interwoven with vibrant Satsuma plum, blackberry and blueberry, and gentle tarragon and cedar notes. The palate is complex and textured with rich and concentrated flavours of mulberry, blackberry and Satsuma plum, layered with sage, black pepper and star anise. The finish is beautifully balanced, with long, velvety tannins and excellent depth.
A voluminous wine superb density and vigour and showing all the hallmarks of a great Eden Valley vineyard and intuitive winemaking. More powerful and concentrated than Hill of Grace, but beautifully balanced. The perfect alter-ego.
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.
"Edelstone means "gemstone" in German and it's an apt descriptor for the 64th release of what is arguably Australia's longest, consecutivelyproduced single-vineyard wine. Cyril Henschke first produced Mount Edelstone in 1952. Now Stephen Henschke has created a doozy. It's like a walkthrough a herb garden; sage, black pepper, blueberries and spice. Beautiful maturity, complex fruit and firm tannin. A Mary Poppins of a wine. Practically perfect in every way."
"The classic Edelstone aromatic profile — sage, bay leaves, pepper both black and Sichuan. Blacker fruits on the palate, rubbed sage and fine cedar too. There’s a lovely momentum to this, an elegant flow across the palate finishing with the gentle grip of fine brick dust tannins. A spectacular Edelstone, one of the greats."
"Blacks and purples. A glorious nose; soy, beefstock, leather, sarsaparilla, violets, black fruits, chocolate then black cherries, more chocolate and cassis. This is wonderfully complex with deep aromatics. The structure, complexity and length, let alone the array of flavours, suggest that this is a special wine. Beautifully integrated oak. Seamless. Concentrated and yet it dances. A magnificently elegant wine that is fragrant with terrific length and balance which has decades ahead of it supported by satiny tannins."
"This famous biodynamic and organic vineyard that is now more than 100 years old produces some of Australia’s greatest shiraz. The combination of power and graceful elegance is captured here in a wonderful expression of this exceptional vintage. Grainy and faintly chalky tannins work into the fruit with support from the substantial, yet never overdone oak, most of which is new French. The wine has claims to being the oldest consecutively produced single- vineyard wine in Australia. One of the very best."
"Aromatic and elegant, but definitely not shy, showing rich, pure wild blackberry puree, huckleberry and blueberry pie flavors on a silky frame, with details of Earl Grey tea, palo santo, cigar box and salted dark chocolate. Ends with a tremendous finish that goes on and on."
"Deep crimson. Classical blackberry, dark chocolate aromas with roasted hazelnut/ chestnut, sage, almost light minty notes. Well concentrated and generous with pure blackberry, mulberry, praline flavours, roasted chestnut, vanilla oak notes, inky-deep richness and persistent chocolaty, touch al-dente tannins. Finishes chocolaty firm with chinotto bitter-sweet notes. A voluminous wine superb density and vigour and showing all the hallmarks of a great Eden Valley vineyard and intuitive winemaking. More powerful and concentrated than Hill of Grace, but beautifully balanced. The perfect alter-ego."
"Powerful but unobtrusive tannins – like an engine purring – support dark, perfectly ripe blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit, with hints of strawberry, red fruit leather and smoked charcuterie notes from the oak. Spice and dried herb nuances unfurl over three days, beautifully articulating the terroir and its 104-year-old vines through notes of black pepper, sage, tea tree, star anise, mint and cardamom. Ripe and refreshing redcurrant sustains the sweet, spiced fruit through the long, sinuous finish. Terrific purity, poise and panache."
"In 2016 it appears that this east-facing plot has performed at the highest possible level and this means that each chapter of this wines sensory journey is complete. Firstly, it explodes out of the glass with one of the most complete aromatic displays of the year. There is enviable freshness and spice here alongside complex florals and musks. The first sip is tremendous and there is no need to agitate the glass or to decant this wine in order for it to sing. It literally bursts out of the blocks and continues its assault at one speed and that is full speed. Having said this, and taking into account the volume of flavour, there is tenderness and elegance here, too. There is red, black and blue fruit making up the mid-palate and they eddy and flow in perfect synchronicity. In addition to this, the overall balance is pinpoint perfect with refreshing, vital tannins and crunchy acidity. I cannot recommend this vintage enough."
"Dense, bright purple. An arresting dried herb/nori savouriness to the fore on this wine backed up beautifully by black fruits, loganberry, blueberry and an aromatic swirl of spice. A concentrated palate with a sustained tannin push marks this vintage of Mount Edelstone for me. It’s a tight coil of individual components led by tannin that leads me directly to the cellar. This is a wine assured of a long life."
"Remarkably bright purplish crimson, the sort of colour I'd expect from a Cabernet more than from a Shiraz. Hugely medicinal on the nose of this – positively a poultice! Such intensity and so much history in this beautifully balanced wine. You just know you're tasting vine-growing rather than winemaking here (sorry, Stephen). Everything seems so healthy and in balance. No sweetness but rather herby savour and appetising layers of fully ripe fruit. Not at all like Barossa Valley floor Shiraz – much more lifted and cooler. There's a certain tarriness here too. Definitely to be drunk with food and its considerable tannins have just crept up on my while I marvelled at the fruit. Ideally to be kept. Tasted 24 hours later, a certain (black) pepperiness was evident on the nose and there was more obvious ripeness beating the tannins into submission. Very clean, appetising finish."
"Excellent colour, deep and youthful with strong purple tints. The bouquet is robust and concentrated, mixed spices, led by pepper and earthy notes, a trace of eucalyptus-mint, rich and dense as it is also in the mouth. A collossus of a wine. There's a lot of charry oak input and this tinges the aftertaste with a little bitterness. A powerhouse of a shiraz, and quite heavily extracted, but also superb. Long-term."
"The vineyard was planted in 1912, hand-picked, matured in 80% French and 20% American hogsheads (19% new). The vintage was challenging, but this shiraz shows no sign of that. It is full-bodied, very complex and very long, the tannins expertly massaged and drawn under the fruit. Blackberry, tar and bitter dark chocolate all contribute to what will be a very long-lived wine."
"The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it’s ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth."
"Rich, ripe scents, overlay of sandalwood and cedar, new leather and slapped sage leaf, black currants and black olive too. That perfume improves over time, more evocative, more delicious, more everything, fantastic. Slippery, sleek and fine to taste, succulent with a generous side, dark, brooding berry fruits, compote sweet and rich but with a freshness of acidity that counterbalances nicely and the word ‘purity’ comes to mind. Epic wine, so much going on, incredibly detailed and quietly powerful. Wonderful release speaking so fluently of stately old vine and intensity of fruit."