The Alan Reserve 2012 – Products – Henschke
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2012 The Alan Reserve


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Adelaide Hills

Garnet/crimson in colour with ruby hues. Lifted, complex aromas of black cherries, wild forest berries, clove and cinnamon spice, with briary notes and underlying hints of tomato stem and kirsch. The palate is elegant, with rich, concentrated black cherry and wild berry fruit flavours that lead to a fleshy, textural mid-palate with layers of savoury minerality, tightly wound acidity, creamy fine-grained tannins and beautiful length.

The balance of the fruit, plus savoury nuances allied with acidity, will confer exceptional longevity.

James Halliday, Halliday 2017 Wine Companion
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
29 February - 14 March
Matured on lees in 15% new and 85% seasoned French barriques for 15 months prior to blending and bottling.
In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills with the intention of planting varieties well suited to the cooler climate of the region. 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. Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, 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. This reserve pinot noir is produced from hand-selected fruit from the best plots of 25-yearold vines and named as a tribute to Alan Archer, whose love of wine and food helped create The Chesser Cellar’s fame in Adelaide.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage)
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2012 2010

Vintage Description

The beginning of the Adelaide Hills season for the 2012 vintage saw cold winter conditions with below average rainfall. Rainfall was also below average in spring with mild conditions and an early budburst. Flowering and fruit set were affected by persistent morning fogs and drizzly weather, which led to a reduction in crop and smaller bunches. Summer was mild with average temperatures influenced by moderating southerlies off the ocean in January and only two heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. The coldest periods were the second week of January and the second week of February. This provided for slow ripening, which encouraged intense fruit flavours, high natural acidity and good balance. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February. Temperatures were average going into an early harvest at the beginning of March, warming into an Indian summer in April. This allowed for a long window of picking, finishing on April 20.


James Halliday Halliday 2017 Wine Companion

August, 4 2016

“This is a quite beautiful pinot, its spicy black cherry fruit filling the bouquet, and at every point along the way to and through – the aftertaste. The balance of the fruit, plus savoury nuances allied with acidity, will confer exceptional longevity.”