Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2008 Front Label
Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2008 Front Label

Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2008

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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

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W&S 93
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.
WS 92
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.
RP 91
Robert Parker's 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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Henschke is one of Australia’s leading winemakers and grapegrowers. Henschke is recognised for its rich heritage, innovative spirit and commitment to handcrafting exceptional wines for 150 years. The Henschke family’s grapegrowing and winemaking tradition spans six generations, from outstanding sustainable vineyards in Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. The small-medium wine business has an annual crush of 700 tonne and employs around 50 staff. Prue Henschke manages the 105 hectares of vineyard, spanning from Eden Valley to Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills wine region. Henschke is one of Australia’s leading winemakers and grapegrowers. Henschke is recognised for its rich heritage, innovative spirit and commitment to handcrafting exceptional wines for 150 years. The Henschke family’s grapegrowing and winemaking tradition spans six generations, from outstanding sustainable vineyards in Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. The small-medium wine business has an annual crush of 700 tonne and employs around 50 staff. Prue Henschke manages the 105 hectares of vineyard, spanning from Eden Valley to Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills wine region. Stephen and Prue continue to craft their white wines with a focus on purity, while their red wines have a strong focus on terroir, using traditional winemaking techniques.

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The Barossa Zone encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here.

Barossa Valley of course is the most important and famous wine growing region in all of Australia where 140+ year-old, dry-farmed Shiraz vines still produce inky, purple and dense juice for some of Australia's best wines.

In the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to famous Shiraz vines from the 1800s but the region produces also some of Australia’s very best and age-worthy Rieslings.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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