Henschke `Keyneton Euphonium` Barossa

Wine Enthusiast 94 points, Robert Parker 91 points, Wine Spectator 91 points, stunning Barossa of great depth and quality.
Country, Region: Australia, Barossa
Grape: Shiraz, Cab Sauv, Merlot/Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2018
ABV: 14.5%
Food friend: Beef Wellington
£44.99 Single bottle
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Deep crimson with garnet hues, this wine is enticing on the nose, with aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis, enveloped by herbal notes of sage and bay leaf that lead to subtle nuances of red fruits, black pepper, vanilla and cedar. The generous palate offers rich flavours of red and blackcurrant, dried herbs and black pepper, with great purity, balance and texture forming a delicious mouthfeel, while velvety tannins provide great length and complexity.

The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia's most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer into one that is recognised by savvy wine drinkers throughout the world.

Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of Shiraz 66% from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon 19%, 15% Merlot and Cabernet Franc from selected vineyards in both regions; some of which were planted by Cyril Henschke at his Eden Valley property in the 1960s. The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band, founded in 1888. It featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, which has been lovingly restored and remains in the Henschke family.

After fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in French oak hogsheads (of which 20% were new) for 18 months before blending and bottling.

Ideal with beef wellington

Wine Enthusiast 94 points, Robert Parker 91 points, Wine Spectator 91 points

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