Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016

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World Wine – There is a calm to Mount Edelstone, an effortless confidence in these 104 year old vines, more pronounced in 2016 than ever. And yet a determination, an energy, a singular pursuit that defines every detail from start to enduring finish. Prue, Stephen, Johann and Paul know these vines better than ever, too, and their craft in the winery has never been more sensitive. Powder-fine tannins achieve a profound contrast of graceful texture yet enduring power. Appearing notably ever more 'Grace'-ful, this is hands-down the finest Mount Edelstone of the modern era, and, almost certainly, ever. - Tyson Stelzer

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James Suckling – This has intense spice and sage, as well as bay-leaf aromas with intense, vivid blackberries and red plums. Blueberry notes, too. There’s so much spice, violet and bergamot, together with black tea-like notes. The palate has an immaculately framed tannin structure with rich blackberries and blueberries, as well as plum notes. This layers up so nicely on the palate. Very intense and powerful yet fine texture. An exceptional vintage for Mt. Edelstone. - Nick Stock

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Huon Hooke – Ray Jordan - The combination of power and graceful elegance is captured here in a wonderful expression of this exceptional vintage. Grainy and faintly chalky tannins work into the fruit with support from the substantial, yet never overdone oak, most of which is new French. The wine has claims to being the oldest consecutively produced single- vineyard wine in Australia. One of the very best.

About This Wine

APPEARANCE
Deep crimson with violet hues.

AROMA
Fragrant, spicy aromas of black pepper, sage, bay leaf and anise are interwoven with vibrant Satsuma plum, blackberry and blueberry, and gentle tarragon and cedar notes.

PALATE
The palate is complex and textured with rich and concentrated flavours of mulberry, blackberry and Satsuma plum, layered with sage, black pepper and star anise. The finish is beautifully balanced, with long, velvety tannins and excellent depth.

GRAPES/BLEND
100% 104-year-old single-vineyard Shiraz grown in the Mount Edelstone vineyard in the Eden Valley wine region, using organic and biodynamic practices.

PH
3.48

ACID (G/L)
6.58 g/L

MATURATION
Matured in 80% French and 20% American (19% new, 81% seasoned) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

VINTAGE NOTES
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry Spring, which enhanced flowering and set to give average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL
30+ years from vintage.

Type Current Promotions
Varietal(s) Shiraz
Country Australia
Region Eden Valley
Brand Henschke
Vintage 2016

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