Henschke Abbott's Prayer 2000

Eden Valley
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£44.95 per bottle
21 in stock

94 Points - James Halliday

Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is fragrant, with an appropriate array of spicy, foresty, cedary aromas, the fine, light to medium-bodied palate with berry, cedar and olive flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. Stylish and elegant.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is fragrant, with an appropriate array of spicy, foresty, cedary aromas, the fine, light to medium-bodied palate with berry, cedar and olive flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. Stylish and elegant.

James Halliday

Producer

Stephen and Prue Henschke of Henschke Wines are winemaking and viticultural legends, from the cool region of South Australia's Eden Valley. Fifth generation owners at the estate, this husband and wife team, now supported by their children continue to produce wines of impeccable stature including the world famous Hill of Grace single vineyard Shiraz from vines more than 150 years of age.

Stephen and Prue have won numerous awards in their fields, the pinnacle being named joint International Red Winemaker of the year. As head winemaker, Stephen embraces traditional winemaking techniques along with more quality controlled approaches he learnt whilst studying for his postgraduate degree at Geisenheim, Germany. Prue on the other hand focuses on sustainable viticulture, training techniques and trials with organic and biodynamic practices. A range of wines are made at the estate including both red and white of which there are varietals as well as blends. The Hill of Grace is on a par with Penfolds Grange, attracting the same super premium price tag.The Cyril and Euphonium however are excellent examples of their style offering superb value for money too. Cyril is a Bordeaux blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon fruit in homage to the life and work of Stephen’s father who bought the vineyard in the 1960s where this grape variety along with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted.

Henschke Cellars, 1428 Keyneton Road, Keyneton South Australia 5353

Region

Eden Valley is a wine making region sharing a boundary with the Barossa Valley and is dotted with the rolling hills of the Barossa Ranges. The Eden valley competes with the Clare Valley for the top-spot in high-quality Riesling production and the grapes thrive in the cool climate of the region. The other varietal that is important to this area is Shiraz and this is responsible for some of Eden Valley’s most highly acclaimed wines – the styles differ from those produced in south eastern Australia in that they have riper and smoother tannins and more ripe black fruit aromas with sweet spice notes. The wines are extremely well-balanced and both the reds and whites garner a great deal of complexity during the ageing process. One of our favourite producers from this region is the Henschke Estate and we have older vintages of both the Keyneton Estate and the Cyril available that show the red wines of Eden Valley at their best.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends. For young and non-vintage Champagne we recommend Zalto Universal. However, the Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.

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