Henschke 2013 “Keyneton Euphonium” Barossa South Australia
Henschke is one of Australia’s oldest and most revered wineries and has had a wonderful family heritage of more than 140 years of grapegrowing and winemaking spanning six generations. The name of this wine comes from Keyneton- the Barossa hills village and home of the Henschke winery and Euphonium- which is a large brass wind instrument featured in the Henschke Family Brass Band founded in 1888.
The lead-up to the 2013 vintage saw an early onset of summer, with occasional thunder-storms and only four heat spikes, into the 40s, over summer. A cooler than average January followed by a warm February, brought the predicted early vintage even further forward. Even after the dry weather of winter/spring/summer the word from the winery floor was that it would be another great Eden Valley year for old-vine shiraz.
Cool drizzly weather at the end of March nearly brought the harvest to a halt, but with a return to the Indian summer conditions in early April, the late varieties in Eden Valley, predominantly cabernet sauvignon and merlot, were brought in, and produced another great vintage with fabulous rock solid quality. Composed of 45% Shiraz, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine was matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (85% French and 15% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months before blending and bottling.
In the glass the Keyneton Euphonium has a very deep crimson color. Dark, enticing aromas of blackberries, mulberries and ripe plums are front and center, with herbaceous notes of crushed fresh bay leaf and sage, as well as underlying nuances of black pepper, clove and cedar. The palate is rich and lush, with fantastic balance between concentrated blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit flavors, spicy black pepper and mocha undertones. It has layers of texture, with velvety fine-grained tannins leading to a very complex and long finish.
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