(V) Deep damson red in colour. An explosive and powerful wine, with blackberry, plum, hints of star anise, ferns, eucalyptus and dark chocolate aromas. Intense and concentrated with ablend of sweet, juicy plum fruit and structured ripe tannin on the palate. A powerful and lingering finish displaying the hallmark characters of the Mount Edelstone vineyard.
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More InformationThe Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke left Silesia (Germany) and planted his first small vineyard at Keyneton near Eden Valley in 1861. Each generation has contributed to the foundations of Henschke success with Cyril Henschke pioneering varietal and single vineyard wines, including his great legacy Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, before handing over the reins to the fifth generation, Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue. This couple forms one of the most highly lauded winemaking teams in the world, as joint awards such as ‘International Red Winemaker of the Year’ from the International Wine and Spirits Competition testify. The core focus is on the Eden Valley vineyards, which make up the majority of the label releases, and these are sourced from the legacy of dry grown, established vineyards that the Henschke family have built up and developed over the generations.
A potential rival for the crown of ‘world‘s greatest black grape‘, Syrah has emerged relatively recently as one of the most-planted grape varieties worldwide. The two ‘classic‘ regions in which it thrives are the Northern Rhône valley, where it makes fabulous, dense, spicy wines which age majestically for decades, and Australia, to which it was introduced in 1832 by the settler James Busby and goes by the name Shiraz. The two different names usually denote two very different styles. Shiraz has come to be used for richer, blacker wines with more ripe fruit flavour on the mid-palate, while Syrah tends to be used for structure-driven wines with more restrained flavours of black pepper and spice with characteristic black fruit. The grape is thick-skinned and prefers warmer climates, although its flavours tend to degenerate jammily if subjected to too much heat. Excellent examples in the Syrah style can be found in the Languedoc-Roussillon, the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand and now some cooler parts of Australia; in its Shiraz guise Australia is still the heartland, but is also cultivated in South Africa and California.