2012 Henschke Henry's Seven, Eden Valley

2012 Henschke Henry's Seven, Eden Valley

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2012 Henschke Henry's Seven, Eden Valley

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Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Johann’s Garden is a blend of 66% Grenache, 29% Mataro and 5% Shiraz that is intensely scented of kirsch, roses, Ceylon tea and red plums with hints of chocolate and Mandarin peel. Full-bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, it is framed with bright acidity, medium to firm levels of finely grained tannins, and has a beautiful, long and harmonious finish. Delicious now, it will drink to 2020+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

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The Wine Advocate94/100
The Wine Advocate94/100
Medium garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Johann’s Garden is a blend of 66% Grenache, 29% Mataro and 5% Shiraz that is intensely scented of kirsch, roses, Ceylon tea and red plums with hints of chocolate and Mandarin peel. Full-bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, it is framed with bright acidity, medium to firm levels of finely grained tannins, and has a beautiful, long and harmonious finish. Delicious now, it will drink to 2020+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate
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About this WINE

Henschke

Henschke

Henschkes family name and reputation are now being upheld by the fifth generation, Stephen and his wife Prue. Stephen is the biochemist and winemaker and Prue is the viticulturist.

Over the past 14 years, Prue`s viticultural management has breathed new life into the vineyards, which fully capitalise on some of the most remarkable old vine material in the world.

The highly sought-after Hill of Grace is the product of vines planted in the 1860s and is Australia's greatest single vineyard Shiraz. The Mount Edelstone Shiraz has a large following, as does the Keyneton Estate. Henschke Rieslings are the finest in the Eden Valley and amongst the very best in Australia.

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Eden Valley

Eden Valley

Eden Valley is a famous fine wine Southern Australian region, nestled at 400 metres among the Barossa Ranges on the eastern boundary of the Barossa Valley, approx 500 ha. 

Samuel Smith planted vines here in 1849. Johann Henschke’s farm near present-day Keyneton, then called ‘North Rhine’dates back to 1862. However until the 1950s the region reverted back to livestock to make a living (as irrigation impractical). The 1950s saw a resurgence in the region’s fortunes, thanks to the likes of Cyril Hencshke’s promotion of Riesling. Yalumba acknowledged the region’s high quality fruit by relocating its winery to Angaston in the early 1970s; they had already planted the now famous Pewsey Vale vineyard in 1962. In 1972 they planted their Heggies vineyard with Chardonnay & then in ’84 with Viognier.

At between 380 – 550 metres, the region displays nutrient poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. Due to the rocky nature of the soils, irrigation is largely provided by dams & planting densities are higher than average. Compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is a marginally higher in altitude, if notably cooler zone with similar sunshine hours but slightly lower levels of continentality.

As expected, the style of these Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier wines is one showing fine elegance & floral, stony purity; none of the wines should require acidification.

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Syrah & Merlot

Syrah & Merlot

Merlot and Shiraz (Syrah) represent two of the most popular and prolific red wine varieties in worldwide wine production. Both grapes are grown in almost every wine-producing country, from France, Italy to Chile, to Australia and South Africa and can be blended or made into single varietal wines.

Merlot is supple, soft and round, with a velvety mouthfeel, while Shiraz is full-bodied, bold, powerfu wine with earthy, spicy qualities and more masculine character. The two grapes complement each other in the blend.

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