Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019

Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019

Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019

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Winemaking and Drinking

The Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019 is a remarkable wine that epitomizes the marriage of tradition and innovation in winemaking. Originating from the esteemed Henschke winery, located in South Australia's Eden Valley, this Chardonnay stands as a testament to the family’s dedication to producing premium wines with distinctive character and exceptional quality.

Origins and Vineyard

The Henschke winery, established in 1868 by Johann Christian Henschke, has been a cornerstone of Australian viticulture for over 150 years. The Croft Chardonnay 2019 hails from the Lenswood vineyard, a site acquired by the Henschke family in the early 1980s. This vineyard, situated in the Adelaide Hills, is known for its cool climate, providing an ideal terroir for Chardonnay grapes. The altitude, combined with the region’s rich soils and temperate conditions, allows for a slow ripening process, which is crucial for developing the complex flavors and vibrant acidity characteristic of high-quality Chardonnay.

The 2019 vintage benefited from a growing season marked by a dry winter and a cool, dry spring, leading to lower yields but high-quality fruit. The meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, including organic and biodynamic practices, ensures that the grapes are in perfect condition when harvested. These sustainable practices not only enhance the health of the vineyard but also contribute to the distinctive purity and expression of the wine.


The Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019 is crafted using traditional winemaking techniques with a modern twist. The grapes are handpicked and whole bunch pressed to retain their delicate flavors and aromas. Fermentation takes place in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels, adding layers of complexity and texture to the wine. The use of wild yeasts during fermentation imparts unique, site-specific nuances. The wine is then aged on its lees for several months, with regular stirring to enhance its creamy mouthfeel and integrate the oak seamlessly.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, the Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019 offers an enticing bouquet of citrus fruits, white peach, and nectarine, intertwined with delicate floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. These fresh aromas are complemented by subtle hints of vanilla, toasted almonds, and a touch of flint, derived from the oak aging process.

The palate is a harmonious blend of vibrant fruit flavors, with lemon zest, ripe stone fruits, and a whisper of tropical pineapple. This is balanced by a crisp, mouth-watering acidity that gives the wine a refreshing edge. The mid-palate reveals a creamy, nutty character, with hints of butterscotch and a mineral undertone, leading to a long, elegant finish.

Awards and Recognition

The Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. It received a Gold Medal at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, reflecting its excellence in quality and craftsmanship. Internationally, it was awarded a prestigious 95 points by James Suckling, highlighting its superb balance, complexity, and aging potential. Additionally, the wine has been featured in renowned publications such as Decanter and Wine Spectator, further cementing its status as a world-class Chardonnay.

The Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2019 is more than just a wine; it is a celebration of heritage, terroir, and the art of winemaking. Its origins in the pristine Lenswood vineyard, coupled with the Henschke family’s unwavering commitment to quality, make it a standout in the realm of fine wines. 


Wine TypeWhite wine
StateSouth Australia
RegionAdelaide Hills
Volume750 mL