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.
The Wheelwright commemorates 150 years of family winemaking and pays tribute to the ‘founding father’ of Henschke, Johann Christian Henschke. He was the first generation of the early Barossa German pioneers of South Australia, a winemaker who established the family winery in 1868. Johann Christian arrived as a skilled stonemason and wheelwright and planted his first vineyards in the high country of the picturesque Eden Valley. This wine is produced from Old-Vine shiraz planted in 1968, a century later, by fourth-generation Cyril Henschke. Decanting is recommended before serving.
Colour is deep maroon and the nose is just gorgeously perfumed, quite exquisite. Florals, violets, spices, milk chocolate and dark fruits. An alluring creamy texture. This is simply seamless with silky tannins and very fine balance. Delightfully fresh, almost slippery. It also has great length and seems to increase in intensity as we go. Just immaculate balance (yes, repeating myself but it is a point worth stressing). The purity of fruit is the highlight of this wine, though, with a long future ahead. Date: March 2022; Rating: 97 Points; Ken Gargett; Wine Pilot
Eden Valley estate fruit, planted in 1968 and matured in 10% new oak (95/5% French/American) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending. Notes of mulberry, blueberry and redcurrant flit above the bass tones of dark and black berries, cut with spice, licorice, dark chocolate, sage and a scattering of brambly, briar-like notes. Graceful red fruits and spice feature on the palate which, like all Henschke wines, shows detail and elegance with perhaps a little more red fruit coming through. The balance and clarity of form impresses greatly. Drink to: 2036; Date Tasted: Jan 2022; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points; Dave Brookes; James Halliday Wine Companion
A remarkably poised and balanced Eden Valley shiraz. Aromas that are spicy and perfumed with a background of dried herbs showing a subtle sage and thyme-like character. The palate is silky smooth, with fine chalky tannins and lovely oak treatment that allows the purity and vibrancy of the fruit to take the spotlight. A slightly dry, savoury finish completes a beautiful wine. Date: March 2022; Rating: 95 Points; Ray Jordan; Wine Pilot
The epitome of elegance with its sheen of silky, pure red fruits and lissome acidity, in 2017 this Eden Valley Shiraz is closer to Adelaide Hills geographically and in spirit. Medium-bodied, the beguiling strawberry and plum palate is delicately scented with pink peppercorn, coltsfoot, pine needle and black pepper. Subtle undertones of moss, twig and wattleseed draw you in further. Drinking beautifully now, with soft grainy tannins to the finish and lingering spice. Date: March 2022; Rating: 95 Points; Sarah Ahmed; Decanter
Medium deep crimson. Classical blackberry pastille, black cherry, dark chocolate, sage, Turkish Delight aromas. Lovely inky textured wine with pure blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, mocha flavours, underlying panforte notes, fine loose knit chalky/ brambly textures and fresh crisp acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with attractive bittersweet notes and mineral length. Date: March 2022; Rating: 95 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
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