The Henschke family are passionate custodians of their vineyards and are renown advocates for biodynamic vineyard management and, needless to say, all of their vineyards being grown sustainably. Stephen and Prue Henschke are part of the pioneering biodynamic movement, however, they are the fifth generation of the family to make wine here and innovation is nothing new for this family.
In fact, Stephen’s family has always had a pioneering spirit from the first generation to settle in South Australia’s Eden Valley to Stephen’s father, Cyril, who was foresaw, and was well ahead of, the change in Australia’s wine drinking culture away from fortified wines to the still table wines of today.
While Henschke’s best known wine may be Hill of Grace which comes from the cooler Eden Valley, Johann’s Garden is a Barossa Valley red. And it is a Rhone blend of Barossa’s key grapes, old vine Grenache (70%) and Shiraz (5%), with some Mataro (25%) blended in as well. The wine spent just 9 months in seasoned French oak to leave the fruit fresh and focused. This ripe raspberry, liquorice and plum fruit has a both a peppery and garden herb edge that transforms in the mouth with a nutmeg spice.
Johann’s Garden is a fleshy full bodied red, that retains an elegance and a juiciness. This elegance is Henschke’s hallmark. Even though this is a wine that should be in your cellar, it is lush drinking now.
Quickie review «A fresh and elegant Rhone style blend from the Barossa, lush with ripe raspberries, plum and liquorice. Drinking well now or in a decade or so!!»
Countryof Origin: Barossa Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: May 2018
Price: AUD$56 | UK£36 | USD58++
Drink: now – 10+ years
Needs food: no