Who makes it?
Henry’s Seven is one of Henschke’s vibrant red blends. 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 sustainablevineyard practices.In particular, biodynamic and organic principles. Henry’s Seven is another of Henschke’s thoughtful blends.
How do they make it?
This one combines the best attributes from the Barossa which encompasses both Eden Valley and Barossa Valley. It is a blend of shiraz (77%) co-fermented with viognier (2%) plus some grenache (11%) and mataro/mourvedre (10%). This vibrant red spent 10 months in French oak, with just 5% new and the rest seasoned.
What does it taste like?
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.
What to drink it with?
An excellent choice that will match red meats, just as well as it would with lightly spiced vegetarian dishes. This is particularly a good match with dishes like slow cooked spare ribs with a cinnamon, anise, and five spice BBQ sauce and beef with black bean sauce.
The bold ripeness of Henry’s Seven is also a great match to Stilton and cheddar.
Quickie review « Henschke delivers again. This is bold while still retaining its elegance and vibrancy. Unbeatable. »
Country of Origin: Barossa, Australia
Tasting Date: October 2022
Price: UK £30 | AUD$38 |USD$ ++
Drink: now – 15+ years
Needs food: no
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