The Henschke family have a long history of winemaking in Australia and are part of Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative. They are also known as being one of the early champions of sustainable vineyard practices. In particular, biodynamic and organic principles. Henry’s Seven is another of Henschke’s thoughtful blends. This one combining the best attributes from the Barossa encompassing both Eden Valley and Barossa Valley. It is a blend of shiraz (73%) co-fermented with viognier (5%) plus some grenache (17%) and mataro/mourvedre (5%).
In the Henry’s Seven, this addition of the aromatic white grape viognier has given the blend a fragrant lift of some extra pepper and enhanced the violet aromas. These are joined by fresh plum and more earthy, spicy characters. It has also allowed the wine to retain its youthful purple hued vibrance and added its weight to the fuller body.
The tannins in this wine are finely honed and this suppleness adds elegance to its bold expression. As with many of the Henschke wines, this is also a great cellar candidate if you want to let it mellow well into the next decade.
Quickie review «The melding of Barossa Valley generosity with Eden Valley eloquence is what Henry’s Seven is all about.»
Country of Origin: Barossa (Eden Valley & Barossa Valley), Australia
Tasting Date: September 2019
Price: AU$37 | UK£25 | US$34++ | CAN$58
Drink: now – 10+ years
Needs food: no