2016 Henschke, Keyneton Euphonium, Barossa Valley, Australia

2016 Henschke, Keyneton Euphonium, Barossa Valley, Australia

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2016 Henschke, Keyneton Euphonium, Barossa Valley, Australia

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Tasted after a not insubstantial flight of Alsace Riesling (such is my wont), Keyneton Euphonium provides an indulgent and refined offering so typical of the best from the Henschke family. A ripe and hedonistic nose of red and blue berries delivered with pinpoint precision and clarity which shows off so well the exceptional winemaking here. There’s still some vanilla and cinnamon from the oak which complements the Shiraz fruit profile beautifully leading to a delicious and deliciously captivating whole.

If Shiraz takes the dominant role on the nose, the Cabernet provides proper structure and fine powdery tannins on the palate which is juicy but kept in check with fresh redcurrant acidity. This will want two or three more years to knit together and then give drinking pleasure over the coming two decades. Once again probably the finest expression of the Great Australian Blend at this price point, especially in the excellent 2015 vintage.

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate93/100
Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Decanter93/100
Wine Advocate93/100
A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Keyneton Euphonium beautifully marries the mint and herb of the Bordeaux varieties with the plumminess and spice of the Shiraz. Hints of mint, tea and violets accent dark, plummy fruit, then finish with savory overtones of black olive. It's full-bodied and supple, ready to drink now or age 15 or more years. 2020-2035
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (May 2021) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Transparent garnet with lots of shading. Very pleasing, evolved nose with no single varietal element dominating. The 2015 was a wine of the week. This is also very winning indeed. Very much in the Henschke style with lift and richness but admirable subtlety. Real refreshment value with a suggestion of Australia's eucalyptus character and a real vibration on the end. Not the most concentrated wine but so what? Hint of oyster shells on the nose. Just a little heat on the end but this is surely going to be the best value of these new releases.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021) Read more
Decanter93/100
A sumptuous, savoury twist on classic Shiraz-Cabernet blends, full of rich, velvety cassis fruit, dark chocolate, cured black olive and dried herbs. Splashes of Merlot and Cabernet Franc bring accents of blueberry, spicy fruitcake, tea, tomato plant and ketchup. A fretwork of tannins and juicy acidity makes for a dynamic interplay of flavours and textures, concluding with Cabernet Sauvignon's gravel, grip and focus. A full-bodied, flavoursome feast. 2021-2031
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter (Mar 2021) Read more

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/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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