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Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2015

Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2015

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"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. Drink: 2022-2035. 95 points

A member of the sixth generation of the family to work this Eden Valley property, Justine Henschke made it a point to show that the range of the family's efforts extends well beyond the big-name icon Shiraz bottlings from Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. In fact, this tasting included a few Henschke firsts for me—a Nebbiolo, a Tempranillo and a reserve-level Pinot Noir. The family's Lenswood property suffered severe damage in the Adelaide Hills bushfire this year, and it remains to be seen how quickly those vineyards will bounce back (the portions that survived) or how quickly replanting will be able to fill that void in the lineup. At least for now, the quality level across all of the offerings is commendable, with only four out of the 28 wines failing to reach 90 points. For my money, the best values are the Mount Edelstone Shiraz and the Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon, but I sincerely doubt that anyone who springs for the Hill of Grace in either of these vintages will be disappointed."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (05/20)