henschke, mount edelstone vineyard, eden valley 2015

henschke, mount edelstone vineyard, eden valley 2015
JAMES SUCKLING
96
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Critics' Scores

  • JAMES SUCKLING
    96
    James Suckling

    A very profound sage note here with wild brambleberries, bay leaf and subtle oak influence, cast across a green-peppercorn and mint-tea nuance with such bright red berries and plums. The palate has a super plush and elegant shape and fine, velvety-tannin texture with plush, long red plums. Such poise and elegance with length and concentration here. An exceptional vintage for Mount Edelstone. Drink or hold.

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    95
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Camphor, pitch and raspberry appear on the nose of Henschke's 2015 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz. It's a muscular, full-bodied expression of Eden Valley Shiraz, with notes of black olives and cassis on the palate and enough tannins to give this amply-endowed wine a savory edge. There's a lovely sense of tension between the fruity and savory elements and a long, velvety finish, making this one of the stars of the lineup—and a relative bargain compared to the Hill of Grace. The dry-farmed vineyard was planted in 1912 and has been bottled as a single-vineyard wine since 1952, making it one of the oldest such wines in Australia.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    96
    Wine Enthusiast

    From one of South Australia’s most historic vineyards (planted in 1912 and bottled as a single-vineyard wine since 1952), Henschke’s Shiraz ripples with flavor, texture and length. Sun-puckered plum and cherry, milky cof- fee with cocoa powder, ground pepper, beet, baking spices and warm stone all roll over the senses. Pow- dery, spicy tannins juxtapose the juicy, silky fruit. Drinking nicely now but should cellar beautifully for 20 years or more.

  • DECANTER
    97
    Decanter

    Outstanding old-vine Shiraz doesn’t need to shout to be heard. From the 103-year-old Mount Edelstone Vineyard, this opens to a mild, measured nose of vibrant red fruits, then a highly strung palate of redcurrant, plum, raspberry and blueberry with liquorice and wild fennel peeking beneath. A very bright, high-acid line keeps the flavours sharply honed, ensuring the slender palate line remains taut and prim. An earthy foil chimes in on the long finish.

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    91
    Wine Spectator

    Plump, jammy boysenberry and huckleberry flavors harmonize with toasted herb, tobacco and spice notes in this dense red. A thread of juicy acidity keeps the flavors fresh and focused. Drink now through 2030.

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