Availability: In stock
Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
- Tasting Notes
Critics Score: 93
Publication: James Suckling
From a great cabernet vintage in Eden Valley, this has a wealth of fresh-herb, forest-leaf and wood aromas with an assertive and richly fruited palate that has a strong core of ripe blackeberries and blackcurrants with subtly toasty oak and ripe, plush, velvety tannins. A blend of 99% cabernet sauvignon and 1% cabernet franc. Drink over the next 15 years. Vino-Lok closure.
- Product Description
2015 Cyril Henschke
Eden Valley, South Australia
99% Cabernet Sauvignon , 1% Cabernet Franc
In 1966, Cyril Henschke purchased 32 hectares of land on Cranes Range Road, two kilometres west of Henschke Cellars at 500 metres above sea level. Here he planted the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard, predominantly with Riesling and Shiraz, on sandy loam soils over gravel and bedrock, with patches of clay. Other varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, were added over the years. Cyril bottled his first Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard in 1976. This cool, elegant wine was named after him as a tribute when he passed away in 1979.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 growing season after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry, followed by a very mild, dry summer with no disease pressure. Fruit developed higher natural acidity and incredible flavour and colour concentration. The coolest January in 11 years started with a dry, warm and windy first week, until a welcome rainfall of 60-75 millimetres. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. The mild weather from February provided for perfect ripening and harvest conditions. The Cabernet Sauvignon was picked between 31st March and 14th April.
The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer into one that is recognised by savvy wine drinkers throughout the world.