Henschke Eden Valley Tappa Pass Shiraz
Vineyard: Up to 70 year old, low-yielding vines are growing in Neoproterozoic soils more than 542 million years old, ranging from silty well drained clay to red-brown loam.
Season: A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to vintage. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with minimal disease pressure, resulting in fruit of high concentration. Relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison, the rain was perfectly timed for old dry-grown vineyards.
Wine making: Hand picked Shiraz grapes were sourced from two grower vineyards in Tappa Pass and Light Pass, vinified in traditional open-top fermenters before basket pressed. Matured in 30% new and 70% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Appearance: Deep crimson with violet hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: A complex and enticing nose of red plum skin, blueberry coulis and ripe mulberry is complemented by dark red berries, subtle aromas of sage, tarragon, black pepper, bay leaf, anise and Dutch liquorice.
Palate: Layers of ripe mulberry, blueberry and spiced plum, balanced acidity and texture with a fine velvet tannin and superb rich elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Wagyu beef cheeks with parsnip puree, Beef Wellington and red wine jus or an intensely hearty vegetarian lasagna.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Wine maker: Stephen Henschke