Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2010

Henschke Eden Valley Keyneton Euphonium

Background: The Barossa's Eden Valley  village of Keyneton was pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes (1842) for early settlers and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band  and winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke featuring wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.

Vineyard: Sourced form selected estate grown and growers vineyards in the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley region.

Season: The growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall. Spring was mild with little frost damage an even bud burst allowing for good fruit set. A roller-coast ride of heat spikes and cool changes continued through a warm summer with occasional thunderstorms. The vines went through veraison a week earlier than previous vintages. Low yields coupled with the mild ripening resulted in concentrated fruit.

Wine making: Hand picked Shiraz grapes (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon(18%) and Merlot(12%). Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (90% French and 10% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

Appearance: Dark red magenta.

Aroma/Bouquet: An intense nose of forest floor fruits, plums, dried herbs and spices with a hint of dark chocolate, anise, cassis and cedar.

Palate: Concentrated fruit shows youthful characters with nuances of blue fruits. Velvety tannin and elegant structure delight in a long and smooth finish.

Food Pairing: Quail and mushroom paella, slow cooked Lamb shanks or Artichoke and asparagus fritters.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.59

Acidity: 6.5g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Wine maker: Stephen Henschke

Viticulturist: Prue Henschke

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The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.