Availability: In stock
Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
- Tasting Notes
Critics Score: 93
Publication: James Suckling
Drinking Dates: Drink or hold
Rich plum and plum-cake aromas with redder tones, too. Some dried-herb undertones. A ripe and rich style with plush and very rich, enveloping tannins that carry a very supple array of blackberries and plums. A blend of 66% shiraz, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.
- Product Description
66% Syrah/Shiraz , 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc from selected vineyards in both regions; some of which were planted by Cyril Henschke at his Eden Valley property in the 1960s. 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, founded in 1888. It featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, which has been lovingly restored and remains in the Henschke family.
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 different varieties were picked between 18th February and 15th 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.