- Eden Valley
- 2022 - 2033
- Case size
- Available Later
Decanter, April 2022,
Kaleidoscopic, this glorious vintage is terroir translucent, transporting you to the vineyard with its signature aromas of dried sage, Eucalyptus olida (aka Strawberry Gum), wild mint, wattleseed, nutmeg and tinder. Soaring and super-expressive, these scents bring compelling dimension and meld exquisitely on the sweet, juicy plum and bramble palate, with its cocoa nib and earthy hints. Graceful, willowy tannins and mineral acidity make for a long, fluid, markedly perfumed finish. Irresistible already! Drinking Window 2022 – 2042
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
Planted in 1912 and with an easterly aspect and lower altitude (400m) than The Wheelright, Prue Henschke describes this soil type in this historic vineyard as ‘a dream’. Sandy loam over gravelly red clay and, below, layers of micaceous schist equal the perfect Henschke soil sandwich! Prue recognises that these strata give her wines more vigour and more power, and I can echo these thoughts because this is one of the most expressive young Henschke wines I have seen. There is no doubt that the flavours and perfumes in the glass directly reflect this precise site; this is all you can ask of a great wine. The purity of the blackberry theme is sensational and while the French oak does what French oak always tries to do – add gravitas and detail – it is the 14% American oak from the Appalachian Mountains that adds style, richness, and a touch of glamour to proceedings. After all of the action, the finish is respectfully prim, and tart and I love it when wines finish correctly on the palate with a ‘proper full stop’. I am aware that I get rather over-excited about Mount Edelstone, and so I paid particular attention to how this wine opened up over the course of four days, and it simply unfurled an immense array of charm and intricacy that, on first tasting, was discreetly hidden behind panels of flavour. This is a thrillingly controlled wine with invigorating flavours, and it will make three decades in a good cellar. (Drink 2025 – 2050)
Jancis Robinson, April 2022,
Much richer than The Wheelwright (though made in exactly the same way), and layered, with balsam notes. Lots of savoury herbs on the nose ('very Eden Valley' according to Stephen Henschke) and richly nuanced on the palate with a dry finish. Very subtle oak indeed. Velvety tannins and something saline, plus a hint of spearmint. So clean and refreshing on the end. Very clever winemaking. 14.5%. Drink 2023 – 2033.
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.