Deep crimson with violet hues. Fragrant blueberry, dark plum, ripe mulberry and blackcurrant, revealing anise, Dutch chocolate, fennel, mace and nutmeg. The palate is rich lush and concentrated, with layers of spiced plum and currant over liquorice and musk, excellent balance and textural, chalky tannins driving depth and length.

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Product Information


Grape variety breakdown

Shiraz 76% | Mataro 24%

Technical Details
Alcohol: 14.5% | pH:


| Acidity:


| Volume: 750mls

Harvest Date

29 March - 29 April


Matured in 5% new and 95% seasoned (86% French, 14% American) oak hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.


Five Shillings pays tribute to Paul Gotthard, second-generation Henschke winemaker and a member of the early Barossa Silesian community of South Australia. In 1862 he and his father, Johann Christian, established the Henschke winery in the high country of the Eden Valley’s historic North Rhine district, planted seven acres of vines, and in 1868 sold the first wines. In 1873, after a transfer of five shillings, he continued on the winemaking tradition from his father and began to build a reputation for quality wines. Among the first wines they produced in the 1860s were ‘dry white’ (likely made from riesling) and ‘dry red’ (likely made from shiraz and mataro). This wine replicates the blend of Gotthard’s early ‘dry reds’ and is produced from low yielding, ungrafted, biodynamically grown Eden Valley shiraz planted on 540 million-year-old red-brown earths, and blended with mataro grown on the sandy soils of the Barossa Valley.

Cellaring potential

Exceptional vintage; 20+ years (from vintage).

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Vintage Description

Average winter rainfall was followed by minor frost events late in September and spring rains in early October. Budburst was even with good fruitfulness although heat bursts in late November affected fruit set. Strong winds in early December caused some damage to the canopies but the fruit remained disease free. January was mild and dry with a short heat wave late in the month at veraison, followed by rainfall in early February. The lead up to vintage and conditions during ripening remained cool, cloudy but dry. The fruit showing balanced acidity, excellent colour and great flavour development.