Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2013  Front Label
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Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep rich crimson in color. Succulent blue fruits, blackcurrant paste, blackberry and spiced plum aromas are interwoven with savory Dutch licorice, sage, cracked black pepper and cedar. The palate has lovely concentration, with layers of sweet plum, blackberry and licorice, finishing fleshy and well-structured, with rolling chalky tannins.

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but it's velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so don't hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more.
D 96
Decanter
Released after the more forward 2014, the powerfully intense 2013 has terrific gravitas. Typically Henschke, it has buoyancy and lift, with bright red and black berries and currants, sweet jubey nuances, and an arc of fine, mineral tannins. It's exceptionally layered and long, and the finish reverberates with sage, eucalypt, black peppercorn and inky, floral nuances. Aged for 18 months in 81% French and 19% American oak hogsheads, 34% new. Drinking Window 2018 - 2038
JS 95
James Suckling
Very old vines. Given all the attention in the world, this has a swirling array of roasted brown spices across aromas of rich, ripe blackberries and dark plums. Some roasting herbs, too. The palate shows luscious concentration and depth. The really plush and smooth tannins are carrying deceptive power and deep, weighty fruit. A richer Mount Edelstone. Drink or hold.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

From a 106-year-old vineyard, this is a dense wine but it nevertheless walks a seamless line between power and grace. Tangy plum, blueberry, dark chocolate, coffee, wild herbs and grated nutmeg glide together on the nose. The palate is full and concentrated, silken in texture and intricately woven with sinewy tannins. Its best is yet to come.

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Rich and lush, with fleshy black cherry, plum and black licorice notes and a complex chorus of Earl Grey tea, vanilla custard, chocolate and date nut bread details lingering effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
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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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Higher in elevation and topographically more dramatic than the Barossa Valley floor, Eden Valley abuts it to its south and east. While it is a bit of an extension of Barossa, Eden Valley is topographically different than the pastoral Barossa Valley, and is composed of rocky hills and eucalyptus groves.

Recognizing Eden Valley’s potential with Riesling in the 1960s and 70s, producers started to move their Riesling production from Barossa to these better sites where schist soils on hilltops would produce more steely, tart and age-worthy examples. A most famous site, planted by Colin Gramp, called Steingarten, today produces one of the most outstanding Australian Rieslings. Youthful Eden Valley Rieslings express floral, grapefruit and mineral, while with time in the bottle, they become increasingly toasty and complex.

Riesling isn’t the only grape the region can grow; undeniably at lower altitudes Shiraz does very well. Mount Edelstone is a notable vineyard as well as the Hill of Grace, which boasts healthy Shiraz vines well over 100 years old. This is the only Australian region where Merlot has a made a name for itself and Chardonnay can be spectacular, particularly from the High Eden subregion in the southern valley.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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