Availability: In stock
Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
- Tasting Notes
Critics Score: 97
Publication: James Halliday
Drinking Dates: Now-2047
This was the first wine sold in bottle ('52) by Henschke, although it has had to play second fiddle to Grange since '58 when the latter came on stream. New oak is only 22%, and the majority of the oak is French. The vintage was excellent, the flavours deep, with soft blackberry and plum fruits wending their way across the palate, cushioned by cedary oak and carefully polished tannins. It's utterly classic drinking, with unalloyed pleasure now but no less in another 20 years.
- Product Description
2015 Henschke, Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz
The 16 hectare Mount Edelstone vineyard, situated at 400 metres above sea level in the Eden Valley, was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, who founded South Australia. Unusual for its time, it was planted solely to shiraz. The ancient 500 million-year-old soils on the vineyard are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from over 100 year-old dry-grown, ungrafted centenarian vines. Organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard are supported with undervine mulching and permanent cover crops. Three quarters of the vines are trained on a Scott Henry trellis to increase sun exposure and promote earlier ripening; the remainder are on original two-wire trellises to allow a drooping canopy and reduce shoot vigour.
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. Mount Edelstone was harvested between 10th and 19th March. The 2015 vintage produced stunning and elegant Shiraz, with extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance.
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.