The acclaimed Henschke family, foundation members of Australia’s First Families of Wine, was one of the pioneering families of South Australia when Johann Christian Henschke migrated from Silesia (Germany in 1841). Each generation has contributed to the legend with fourth generation Cyril Henschke pioneering varietal, single-vineyard wines in the 1950s, most famously Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace Shiraz. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen and his viticulturist wife Prue have won many awards for their talent, innovation and integration of vineyard and winery. They lead the way with environmental, biodynamic and organic principles. Henschke wines are handcrafted and deeply personal, reflecting the unique terroir of vineyards: the wine names tell either a personal story of the family or the cultural history of their region.
This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979), as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for old-vine single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard in the 1960s.
Deep ruby with garnet hues. Lovely complex aromas of cassis, red currant and mulberry interwoven with anise, oregano, thyme, violets and tobacco leaf. The palate delivers layers of vibrant and pure black currant and plum, balanced by hints of cedar and vanilla pod. Lively acidity and fine-grained tannins provide a long, defined, mouth-coating finish.
Born of a single vineyard and it could be born of no other. Its flavour profile is unique. Pretty and perfumed but deep and brooding. Blackberries soaked with prunes, forest berries infused with mint, tobacco buried in earth, potpourri synched to the tannin. It’s a beautiful wine, calm, strong, generous, considered. The Henschke family have roamed the wines of this vineyard for so long that they’ve come to share attributes. The firm finish of this wine is something. The whole wine is. Tasted: Apr 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $165; Closure: Glass Stopper; Drink: 2021-2040+; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Some of the vines were planted by Cyril Henschke in the ‘60s. Matured in French hogsheads (35% new) for 18 months. Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade. Drink to: 2046; Price: $165.00; Date Tasted: March 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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