Deep ruby with bright ruby hues. Fragrant aromas of Satsuma plum, blackberry, blueberry, cassis and violets, revealing sage, bay leaf, liquorice, Dutch cocoa and earthy tones, with hints of mint and cedar. The palate has great structural definition with complex and layered ripe bramble fruit, spicy white pepper, cedar undertones and textural, velvety tannins for a long finish.
- Grape variety breakdown
55% Shiraz | 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Technical Details
- Alcohol: 14.5% | pH:
6.05g/L| Volume: 750mls
- Harvest Date
23 March – 19 April
Matured in 32% new and 68% seasoned (63% French, 37% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
The Apple Tree Bench pays tribute to the farming traditions of Johann Christian Henschke, who settled in the high-country of the Barossa’s Eden Valley wine region in 1862. The Henschke family’s early farm life revolved around the apple tree bench, where the produce from the farm was placed before being stored in the cool stone cellar. This wine is produced from ungrafted low-yielding Eden Valley shiraz planted on ancient red-brown earths and blended with cabernet sauvignon growing on the deep alluvial soils of the Barossa Valley. A limited-production traditional Barossa shiraz cabernet blend.
- Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage; 20+ years (from vintage).
- Serving Temperature
A moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that the vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer led to the potential for near-average yields. Late December became warm and dry, ensuring healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically warm and dry, characterised by above-average overnight temperatures. March and April provided light and warmth which led to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of the decade, fittingly so in the year we celebrated our 150th anniversary of family winemaking.