henschke, mount edelstone vineyard, eden valley 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
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.