Henry’s Seven 2020 – Products – Henschke
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2020 Henry’s Seven

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Region
Eden Valley | Barossa Valley
Description

Deep crimson with magenta hues. Fragrant aromas of red currant, raspberry, blueberry and plum with spicy lifts of bay leaf, sage, black pepper and nutmeg. The juicy supple palate is rich and textured with spicy berry fruits, and well-balanced by fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins for a long, elegant finish.

...this has a wealth of rich, darker-toned fruit, as well as raspberry, pepper and fragrant, foresty notes. The palate is supple, fleshy and flavorsome with such open-knit structure and an attractive mix of raspberries and blackberries.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, 5 July 2021
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Product Information

Vintage
2020
Grape varieties
  • 72% Shiraz
  • 13% Grenache
  • 12% Mataro
  • 3% Viognier
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.58
Acidity
6.1g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
2 March - 6 April
Maturation
Viognier co-fermented with shiraz; grenache and mataro fermented separately. Matured in 5% new and 95% seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background
This shiraz, grenache, mataro and viognier blend is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry’s death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her temperance convictions by closing the winery and uprooting all of the wine grapes. This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of the Barossa.
Serving Temperature
15°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The 2020 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines from both the entire Barossa region though there were reduced yields caused by poor conditions at flowering and we had an extremely dry winter, spring and summer in 2019/2020. The 2019 winter and spring resulted in the driest start to the growing season ever, in line with 1939 and 1961. November was a challenging month with some frosts and wet and windy conditions during flowering. Significant heatwaves from mid-December to the end of January reduced shoot growth and berry size, however at the end of the month over 40mm of rain fell, alleviating the stress just before veraison, followed by a cool ripening period in February with just three days over 30°C. Vintage was early, beginning in late February and finishing by late March. The fruit ripened in near perfect conditions, resulting in optimal and excellent wine quality (colour, aromatics, flavour and tannin maturity). Bunches were in loose, open and pristine clusters, while the yield remained quite low at about 50% of average. The 2020 wines are intense in colour, exceptionally fragrant, spicy and well-structured.

Reviews

Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion

August, 14 2021

" Shiraz is from the vineyard diagonally opposite Hill of Grace, 'Schillings', on the other side of the church. Young vines, taken from Hill of Grace stock in the early 2000s. Grenache is from the Valley floor, and mataro from estate Valley floor vines. This is precisely what Barossa blends are about. Shiraz always takes a strong lead role in Henry's (almost three-quarters here) but the vines are young and the fruit precocious, so grenache, mataro and even a dribble of co-fermented viognier play well about their weight in building a supple, spicy and juicy style of amiable appeal. Just the right amount of dried herb and greengage plum character and finely textured tannins keep things serious on the finish. Delicious!"

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Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

July, 5 2021

"A blend of shiraz, grenache, mataro and viognier, this has a wealth of rich, darker-toned fruit, as well as raspberry, pepper and fragrant, foresty notes. The palate is supple, fleshy and flavorsome with such open-knit structure and an attractive mix of raspberries and blackberries."

 

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