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2012 Cyril Henschke


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Eden Valley

Deep crimson with red hues. Concentrated and complex aromas of cassis, black and red currants, blackberry leaf and violets with underlying savoury nuances of crushed dried herbs, cigar box, beef stock and anise spice, all supported by dark cedary French oak. A flood of rich blackberry and bright red currants greet the palate, which is precisely defined by purity of acidity, an elegant structure and layers of long, silky fine-grained tannins that provide great persistence.

This is one of Australia’s greatest cabernets, staring down Coonawarra and Margaret River (just for starters)...It has a purity and elegance that puts it in a class of its own.

James Halliday
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 78% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 15% Cabernet Franc
  • 7% Merlot
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
19 March-4 April
Matured in 45% new and 55% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
The Henschke vineyards are nurtured under biodynamic principles
This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979), as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for old-vine single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at Henschke’s Eden Valley vineyard in the 1960s.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 25+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The La Niña pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall. July was the driest since the serious drought of 2003. Spring was mild with few frost events; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to only average yields. Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. This provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, high colour figures, high acidity and mature tannins. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines; ie, keeping leaves active at veraison and ripening. Temperatures were mild during harvest through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, allowing for a long window of picking and amazing maturities with the red varieties.Cabernet was a standout variety showing great purity and spice, colour, intensity and strikingly mature tannins. Yields were average with exceptional overall quality.


Huon Hooke The Real Review

March, 19 2017

"This is one of the most impressive Cyrils I can remember: very elegant, supple and beautifully balanced, without any obvious leafy vegetal notes although unmistakably cabernet. There are raspberry notes typical of Eden Valley, as well as foresty, earthy and autumnal notes partly due to emerging bottle-age characters. The tannins are supple and melting. A superb wine...Drink 2017 to 2037."

Tony Love Adelaide Advertiser

December, 14 2016

"A cabernet sauvignon-led blend with cabernet franc and merlot in support, gorgeous blackberry flavours dominate the fruit spectrum with lifts of blackcurrant flowers and lavender adding a wonderful fragrance across the whole passage. More seasoned oak than new encourages elegance and medium weight, the expected varietal tannins have integrated well, and the wine finishes in beautiful, long-lasting harmony. Best with: Asian-flavoured beef cheek."

James Halliday Wine Companion

August, 2 2016

"This is one of Australia’s greatest cabernets, staring down Coonawarra and Margaret River (just for starters). The argument evaporates when you admit – as you must- that those wines are in such different styles it’s an apples and oranges comparison. The real comparison is between this and Mount Mary. It has a purity and elegance that puts it in a class of its own."


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