Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2008
Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
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
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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 Spectator - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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+.
Rating: 91+ "
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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 in the world, and international awards recognize the complementary nature of their roles, Stephen as winemaker and Prue as viticulturist. To protect their vineyards for future generations they have implemented an inspiring nursery program to preserve the genetic heritage of their oldest pre-phylloxera vines as well as continuing to lead the way with organic and biodynamic principals to enrich their land. View all Henschke Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.