The Henschke family is part of Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative and have a long history of winemaking in Australia. The family is 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 combines the best attributes from the Barossa which encompasses 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. Fresh plum and more earthy and savoury spiced characters keep the blend lively. The viognier also allows the wine to retain its youthful purple hued vibrance and adds its weight to the fuller body. The finely honed tannins in this wine gives it a suppleness that 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. You certainly get a lot for the price that you pay here.
Quickie review «The melding of Barossa Valley generosity with Eden Valley eloquence is what Henschke 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