Henschke Tappa Pass 2015

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.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.5

Acidity: 6.24g/L

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Wine maker: Stephen 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.