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Henschke Shiraz Blend Eden Valley Euphonium Keyneton Estate 2002

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Grape Varieties100% 90-year-old-vine shiraz grown in the Eden Valley wine region. Wine Description Very deep crimson in colour. Sweet ripe intense spiced plum, blackberry and blueberry with anise and tar supported by sweet cedar and bacon oak characters. The palate is rich, concentrated and complex with excellent depth and structure. Layered with textured black fruits and chunky velvety tannins with a long intense finish. Background The Mount Edelstone vineyard, meaning gemstone, is a single delineated historic vineyard planted in the early 1900s on the eastern slopes of the hill of the same name, located near Keyneton high in the range east of the Barossa Valley. Aged vines, deep loam soil, Mediterranean climate and traditional hands-on winemaking techniques have continued to create one of Australia’s most unique old-vine shiraz wines. The 90-year-old dry-grown vines are low yielding, producing extraordinary intensity of colour, depth of fruit flavours, complexity and palate length. The individual-vineyard Mount Edelstone Shiraz has been produced since 1952. Vintage DescriptionThe year 2002 goes down as being the coolest, windiest ‘non-summer’ on record, following on from our hottest summer on record in 2001. It was preceded by a wet winter and a spring that was cold, wet and windy – like winter really. The drizzly cold weather affected the flowering and caused poor fruit set, commonly known as ‘hen and chicken’, leading to very little fruit. In particular riesling and shiraz, Eden Valley signature varieties, were the worst affected with crop reductions leaving us with less than 20% in some varieties. In addition the season was 2-3 weeks late due to the unseasonable cold weather. With the smaller crop level, the balance of sugar, flavour and natural acidity in the fruit were excellent. Despite the pitiful crop 2002 was one of our most exceptional vintages ever, helped by the warm dry Indian summer autumn period, providing sensational colours, flavours and ageing potential. Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, optimum year 2012+ Serving Idea Pheasant and eggplant. Technical Data Harvest date: 10-24 April Alcohol: 15% pH 3.54 Acid: 6.2g/l

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The Henschke family is one of the longest-established wine names in the Barossa. Johann Christian Henschke purchased land for a farm at Keyneton in 1861, after fleeing religious persecution in Kutschlau, Silesia (Germany). He planted a small vineyard and an orchard, and after initially making wine for family consumption produced his first commercial vintage in 1868, believed to be principally r... Read more
The Henschke family is one of the longest-established wine names in the Barossa. Johann Christian Henschke purchased land for a farm at Keyneton in 1861, after fleeing religious persecution in Kutschlau, Silesia (Germany). He planted a small vineyard and an orchard, and after initially making wine for family consumption produced his first commercial vintage in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz. His son, Paul Gotthard, continued farming and winemaking and planted more vines to increase wine production. Upon his father's death in 1914, third-generation Paul Alfred took over the property and as demand for fortified wines grew, winemaking assumed greater significance. Each generation built upon the reputation for quality, but it was fourth-generation Cyril Alfred Henschke who in 1958 created the wine that has most captured the red wine world's imagination - Hill of Grace. His first vintage of this shiraz was produced in 1958. Today, fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. The highly revered and much sought-after Hill of Grace is the pinnacle of the red wines - but another shiraz first made by Cyril, the Mount Edelstone, and the Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon introduced by Stephen as a tribute to his father - have forged their own niche with red wine lovers the world over. Prue's meticulous viticultural management has seen not only new life breathed into the venerable vineyards, but also a new direction given to white winemaking that their forebears could never have imagined. For instance riesling from both Eden Valley and the newer Lenswood vineyard are contributing to the re-emergence of this classic variety, while research developments in colour and flavour have led to enormous improvements in quality in the Keyneton Estate and Mount Edelstone wines through improved trellising and fruit exposure. The original two-storey cellar, built into the side of the hill in time for the 1868 vintage, has been added to throughout the generations. Now covered with ivy, the stone building retains an old-world charm with its open fermenters and winemaking memorabilia on display. Cellar door, located in the original cellar building, has a rustic appeal with its low doorway, stone walls and early family portraits on the walls. Snug in size, it offers a warm welcome to those who venture down the long picturesque road from Keyneton in a quest for quality. Read less

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Snooth User: Stephen Harvey
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11/11/2010

This is the best Mt Edelstone I can remember in a long time. I have now tried in on 6 occasions spanning 2006 to 2010 and it is gone from great to greater. The cool 2002 Vintage produced wines in the Barossa/Eden Valley of a level of elegance rarely seen in the region. In particular the Eden Valley reds of Henschkes were truly great wines. The fruit has a real raspberry spine and this is accentuated by the French Oak. The Wine is still very much in its youth and the raspberry fruit shows fantastic integration with the french oak and is not a fraction of a beat out of balance. I am only wishing I could spped up the wine clock and slow the body clock to see this wine develop over the next 12 + years At a $100 Aist this is outstanding drinking


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/26/2012

A lavish mouthful of red cherry, blueberry, currant and sweet spice flavors that linger on the creamy-textured finish. Has great style and amazing balance, letting its flavors soar. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020.-HS Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Henschke Shiraz Hill Of Grace 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

...Cool, restrained aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice and graphite, with hints of tobacco and oak spice. Weighty and fat, but the dark cherry, plum, cassis and fruitcake flavors are firmed by juicy acidity, giving the wine nice grip... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2002 Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 750ml



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Grape Varieties100% 90-year-old-vine shiraz grown in the Eden Valley wine region. Wine Description Very deep crimson in colour. Sweet ripe intense spiced plum, blackberry and blueberry with anise and tar supported by sweet cedar and bacon oak characters. The palate is rich, concentrated and complex with excellent depth and structure. Layered with textured black fruits and chunky velvety tannins with a long intense finish. Background The Mount Edelstone vineyard, meaning gemstone, is a single delineated historic vineyard planted in the early 1900s on the eastern slopes of the hill of the same name, located near Keyneton high in the range east of the Barossa Valley. Aged vines, deep loam soil, Mediterranean climate and traditional hands-on winemaking techniques have continued to create one of Australia’s most unique old-vine shiraz wines. The 90-year-old dry-grown vines are low yielding, producing extraordinary intensity of colour, depth of fruit flavours, complexity and palate length. The individual-vineyard Mount Edelstone Shiraz has been produced since 1952. Vintage DescriptionThe year 2002 goes down as being the coolest, windiest ‘non-summer’ on record, following on from our hottest summer on record in 2001. It was preceded by a wet winter and a spring that was cold, wet and windy – like winter really. The drizzly cold weather affected the flowering and caused poor fruit set, commonly known as ‘hen and chicken’, leading to very little fruit. In particular riesling and shiraz, Eden Valley signature varieties, were the worst affected with crop reductions leaving us with less than 20% in some varieties. In addition the season was 2-3 weeks late due to the unseasonable cold weather. With the smaller crop level, the balance of sugar, flavour and natural acidity in the fruit were excellent. Despite the pitiful crop 2002 was one of our most exceptional vintages ever, helped by the warm dry Indian summer autumn period, providing sensational colours, flavours and ageing potential. Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, optimum year 2012+ Serving Idea Pheasant and eggplant. Technical Data Harvest date: 10-24 April Alcohol: 15% pH 3.54 Acid: 6.2g/l

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