Medium-bodied; elegant, finely structured style; a subtle interplay of blackcurrant, earth, olive and fine French oak; long, balanced finish.
James Halliday on Mar 1st, 2005
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.
A land of rolling hills and ancient vines, in the heart of South Australia, Barossa is arguably Australia’s most recognised wine region, but has not been without its ups and downs.
Barossa’s story began in the mid 1800s when a group of Silesian Lutherans, fleeing religious persecution, settled in the region and began working the land of Barossa’s largest land owner George Fife Angas. The settlers took to growing fruit and due to the climate in the region, grapes were most ideally suited and toward the end of the 1800s, several wineries had been established. Distinctly Germanic names such a Johann Henschke, Oscar Seppelt of Seppeltsfield and Kaesler that are leading names in the Barossa wine industry today are evidence of these early pioneers, and many are continuing today through several generations of the same family.
The wines were originally produced for religious and home use but it didn’t take long before they were being made commercially and by the start of the 20th Century wine was being exported back to England. The demand for fortified wine was huge and this coupled with the long journey on water, fortified wines dominated Barossa’s wine market right up until the end of the 1960s, but this would lead to a crisis that would set the industry into decline. As demand for fortified wines dried up, many growers were left unprofitable and the South Australian Government introduced the vine pull scheme, uprooting many of Barossa’s ancient vines during the 1980s. It took the efforts of some of the regions new faces of the time to bring the industry back by paying the growers above market value for their grapes, and saving the old vines that have become a hallmark of Barossa wine.
It is Barossa’s ancient vines that have shaped the region's style and reputation and the forward thinking attitude of the region's producers is one that is only beginning to filter through to the rest of the wine world. The winemakers of the 1980s helped to revive Barossa’s heritage, paving the way for the next generation of Barossa winemakers and this balance between heritage and progression has continued with an unparalleled energy through the region's newest and brightest stars of the 21st Century.
Riedel Veritas Cabernet Merlot (2 Glasses)
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