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2012 Keyneton Euphonium


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Eden Valley | Barossa Valley

40th Anniversary Vintage

Deep crimson in colour. An intense nose of ripe mulberry, plum, blue and black berry fruits and anise gives way to underlying floral violet notes and hints of cassis, sage and pepper spice. The beautifully balanced palate shows layers of sweet, concentrated fruit and texture, with fine-grained tannins for a long and elegant finish.

While it's energetic, it's also softened by gentle oak management that has encouraged a teasing tannin profile, neatly balancing all the high-toned fruit excitement. A real 'wow' wine. 5 stars.

Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, 16 December 2015
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 65% Shiraz
  • 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 10% Merlot
  • 5% Cabernet Franc
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
2 March - 20 April
Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (90% French and 10% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and the Henschke winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, and featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, was made by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 20+ 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. Standout varieties were riesling, showing delightful aromatics, purity, intensity, excellent acidity and length of flavour; and shiraz, showing great purity and spice, colour, intensity and strikingly mature tannins. Yields were average with exceptional overall quality.


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Tony Love Adelaide Advertiser

December, 16 2015

A joyous blend of 65 per cent shiraz and 20 per cent cabernet, with merlot and cabernet franc making up the rest in what is a simply gloriously sweet berried crush that reeks of red and black fruits of the forest, lifted, lively and brimming with exciting freshness as you sip. While it’s energetic, it’s also softened by gentle oak management that has encouraged a teasing tannin profile, neatly balancing all that high-toned fruit excitement. A real ‘wow’ wine.


July, 2 2015

Deep, rich red in colour with traces of purple; the bouquet is complex and mellow with earth, roasted nut and spice aromas coupled with traces of cassis and blackberry. The palate is fleshy and dense, concentrated and long.


June, 2 2015

Medium garnet-purple coloured, the 2012 Keyneton Estate Shiraz Euphonium explodes from the nose with lifted cherry, blackberry and mulberry notes over suggestions of licorice, sandalwood, bay leaves and cedar. Medium-bodied with mouth-filling cherry, berry and spice box flavours, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing very long.


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