2017 Ridge of Candles





Adelaide Hills / Eden Valley

Light straw in colour. A fragrant bouquet of passionfruit, gooseberry, white currant and lemon and lime citrus intertwine with notes of green pea, crushed mint leaf, green bean and softer tropical nuances. Rich and intense flavours of gooseberry, pure lime citrus and lemon tart lead to a complex and textural mid-palate with layers of fine limestone minerality and crisp acidity on the finish.

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Product Information

Technical Details
Alcohol: 12% | pH:


| Acidity:


| Volume: 750mls

Harvest Date

5 – 12 April


Fermented and matured in 30% stainless steel and 70% seasoned French oak for 6 months prior to blending and bottling.


Ridge of candles is named for the beautiful forests of towering stringy bark (Eucalyptus baxteri, Eucalyptus obliqua) and candle bark (Eucalyptus rubida) gums in the mountainous Lenswood region in the Adelaide Hills. Stephen and Prue Henschke took on ownership of a historic apple orchard at Lenswood in 1981 and began planting vines, while maintaining extensive areas of native vegetation on the property. At 550m, the slopes of the Henschke Lenswood vineyard offer not only beautiful views, but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the aromatic grape varieties of sauvignon blanc and semillon

Cellaring potential

Excellent vintage; 10+ years (from vintage).

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Vintage Description

Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of our Lenswood viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.