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Henschke Eden Valley Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The cabernet sauvignon label carries the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia's outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for the production of varietal table wines, with the accent on quality and flavor. Cyril Henschke planted cabernet sauvignon at Eden Valley in the 1960s.

Deep crimson in color. Lifted and perfumed with violets, cassis, blueberries, plums, blackberries and spice with hints of vanilla and cedar. The palate is supple and shows soft, fleshy, nicely textured fruit with mossy notes and a long finish.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon (which contains 10% Merlot) is sourced from a single Eden Valley vineyard and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it gives off classic Bordeaux aromas of toasty oak, vanilla, mineral, black currant, and blackberry. Elegant on the palate, it conceals enough silky tannin to evolve for 8-10 years. Nicely integrated and harmonious, this stylish wine should perform optimally from 2015 to 2034.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
A gentle rain of cherries and currants, this young cabernet grows on mature vines at Henschke's Eden Valley estate. This vintage is a beauty, with electric acidity buzzing through all the richness of fruit, highlighting the fine texture, extending the black earthiness of the tannin. This will reward eight to ten years of cellaring.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
I suspect the Cyril Henschke Cabernets show better after additional bottle age, but on release they are invariably difficult to read. There is no denying the attractive scents of mint, smoke and cassis in the 2004, nor the ripe plum and cassis-driven flavors, but the wine seems tight and reined in on the palate. Try after 2012.
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Henschke, , Australia
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.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

HNYHEECHC04C_2004 Item# 103107

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