Wine Advocate, May 20,
Camphor, pitch and raspberry appear on the nose of Henschke's 2015 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz. It's a muscular, full-bodied expression of Eden Valley Shiraz, with notes of black olives and cassis on the palate and enough tannins to give this amply-endowed wine a savory edge. There's a lovely sense of tension between the fruity and savory elements and a long, velvety finish, making this one of the stars of the lineup—and a relative bargain compared to the Hill of Grace. The dry-farmed vineyard was planted in 1912 and has been bottled as a single-vineyard wine since 1952, making it one of the oldest such wines in Australia. Drink 2022-2035.
Josh Raynolds, January 21,
Opaque ruby. Dark berry preserves, fruitcake, pipe tobacco candied flowers and a hint of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with sappy black and blue fruit, mocha, licorice and rose pastille flavors and exotic spice and mineral nuances add energetic lift. Fleshy and deep but lively as well, with an impressively long, gently tannic finish that shows superb focus and dark fruit-driven persistence. Drink 2024 - 2037.
Jancis Robinson, May 20,
Decanting recommended and in this case I can see why. It's still much more youthful than the other two Henschke 2015s I have tasted so far – Euphonium and Cyril Henschke. The tight, introvert aromas of balsam and dried grasses are just starting to come out. There's a definite touch of mint there too. This is drier and less flattering than the other two at the moment, with a minerally undertow. Strongly savoury finish and beautifully made but not nearly ready. I may come back and revise this note once the wine has sat in a decanter for a while but I'd advise stashing it in a cellar for now. And, gosh, it needs food! But it certainly mellowed in the glass and overnight. Lovely after 24 hours. Drink 2022-2034.
In 2018, Henschke celebrated 150 years of family winemaking. Today, the estate is led by fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his viticulturist wife Prue. Describing themselves as ‘keepers of the flame’, they work side by side to uphold their ancestors’ traditional winemaking methods, maintaining a strong focus on fruit quality in the vineyard and attention to detail in the winery. Located in the South Australian region of Keyneton, the estate makes a range of exceptional wines from sustainable vineyards. The family source grapes from the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Their two most iconic bottlings are the singles vineyards wines of Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace in Eden Valley, they are two of Australia’s oldest single vineyards.
This beautiful valley within South Australia’s Barossa has a fine reputation for lime-scented Rieslings and elegant Shiraz, most notably Henschke’s Hill of Grace. Often described as the Barossa Valley’s Garden of Eden, it is defined by its cool climate, ancient soils, and wines of wonderfully aromatic complexity.