Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2008
Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Very deep crimson in color. A complex bouquet of plums, blackberries, mulberries and cassis
with savoury nuances of tar and roasted meats. The sweet, rich and plush palate has a fleshy
texture with layers of flavour of great depth and concentration, beautifully balanced with velvety
fine-grained tannins and excellent length.
75% Shiraz, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc
"Excellent color and clarity; the aromatic bouquet reflects the complex varietal blend of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc, with cassis, blackberry and plum fruit, which sets the scene for the very appealing palate, awash with fruit yet tied together by the ripe spicy/savoury tannins on the finish."
Australian Wine Companion
"Henschke blends this wine from shiraz (75 percent) with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and franc; some of it was picked prior to the long heat wave of March 2008, some carefully selected after the vines cooled down again. The heat shows in an initial pruniness, in black spices and a eucalyptus scent. Give this a day of air and cooler, forest floor notes emerge, tangy exotic fruit filling out the middle of the wine with supple richness and a gentle, savory balance. Decant this for several hours before serving with roast leg of lamb."
Wine & Spirits
"Supple and ripe, showing real complexity, with nutmeg, licorice and black olive overtones to the dark berry flavors, finishing with medium weight and seductive polish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2015. 75 cases imported."
"Blended of 75% Shiraz, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Keyneton Estate Euphonium was aged in 30% new, 70% seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for 18 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has an expressive nose of crushed blackberries, blueberry pie filling, cinnamon, cloves, warm plums and a whiff of toasty cedar plus just a suggestion of chocolate. Rich, full and crisp on the palate, it has medium-firm finely grained tannins, understated harmony and a long, purely fruited finish. It’s approachable now but I suspect it will have more to show in a year or two and should cellar to 2020+.
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The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1862. Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines, including the world-famous Shiraz wines, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue are one of the most lauded winemaking teams...
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