Biodynamic red wines from Australia’s Barossa ...
Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2014
The Euphonium is a harmonious melody of Barossa and Eden Valley fruit and a blend of Shiraz (57%), Cabernet Sauvignon (26%), Cabernet Franc (14%) and Merlot (12%). The name is a tip of the hat to the Henschke family’s brass band formed in the mid 1800s however, it is a very elegantly styled red that is not bulbous in anyway.
Fresh plums, pepper, thyme and mint sit atop the bass notes of chocolate, vanilla and earth. Supple tannins are shapely in the mouth and that lush fruit extends long into the finish. A delicious blend to enjoy now or to cellar long term. (AU$60|£30 | US$50++ )
Henschke The Rose Grower Nebbiolo 2014
This Australian expression of the iconic grape from North Western Italy is one of the prettiest Nebbiolos I have tasted. It also has a small addition of 1% Barbera. Although roses are a classic characteristic of this grape, the name in this instance refers to the cool, foggy Rose Grower vineyard on a high slope in the Eden Valley.
A vineyard named after the Roseler family (the surname translates into Rose Grower) who previously owned the land and worked it as a dairy farm. And this Nebbiolo certainly has the expected evocative rose floral notes that lift the raspberry fruit and earth and cinnamon spice.
The Rose Grower is a textural wine and while the wine has a soft flush of fresh acid, it is silky smooth and finishes with a soft grip. It is a red that is very enjoyable now, or it will cellar well for a decade. Enjoy it with some venison and chestnut pies. (AU$50|£28)
Henschke Cyril Henschke 2013
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (88%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Merlot (5%) that has become one of Australia’s iconic wines. It is a wine that has become a staple in many a cellar. The cabernet sauvignon dominating the blend is grown on old vines, from a vineyard planted by Cyril Henschke in the 1960s. Cyril was the fourth generation winemaker of the Henschke family and Stephen’s father.
With six years already in the bottle, it has already melded into rich mouthful of blackberry, black plum, spiced chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg. This is all highlighted with a mint freshness. Have no doubt, this is a detailed and complex wine that will continue its journey in the bottle. However, it is an elegant and velvety wine that is already fulfilling its promise. (AU$165|£66 )
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