Henschke "Henry's Seven" Grenache Viogner Shiraz 2022

Henschke "Henry's Seven" Grenache Viogner Shiraz 2022

Henschke "Henry's Seven" Grenache Viogner Shiraz 2022

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Winemaking and Drinking

The Henschke family winery, established in 1868 in the Eden Valley region of South Australia, is renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation in winemaking. One of their most celebrated wines, the "Henry's Seven" Grenache Viognier Shiraz 2022, is a testament to their rich heritage and dedication to crafting exceptional blends.

Origins

"Henry's Seven" is named in honor of Henry Evans, a pioneer viticulturist who planted the first vineyard in Keyneton in 1853. The Evans family contributed significantly to the region's early viticultural success before ceasing winemaking in the late 1800s. The Henschke family resurrected the spirit of this pioneering effort by creating "Henry's Seven," a blend that showcases the synergy between traditional and contemporary winemaking practices.

The Blend

The 2022 vintage of "Henry's Seven" is a unique blend of Grenache, Viognier, and Shiraz. This blend is inspired by the Rhône Valley in France, where such combinations are renowned for their complexity and balance. Each varietal in the blend contributes distinct characteristics, creating a harmonious and multi-dimensional wine.

  • Grenache (70%): Sourced primarily from old, low-yielding vines in the Barossa Valley, the Grenache provides a rich, berry fruit base with hints of spice and a velvety texture.
  • Viognier (5%): Added to enhance the aromatic profile, the Viognier contributes floral notes and a touch of apricot, elevating the overall fragrance of the wine.
  • Shiraz (25%): From select Eden Valley vineyards, the Shiraz adds depth and structure with its robust tannins and dark fruit flavors.

Vineyard and Terroir

The grapes for "Henry's Seven" are sourced from Henschke's own vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. These regions are known for their diverse soils, ranging from sandy loam to clay, which contribute to the complexity of the wine. The cool climate of Eden Valley, combined with the warmer conditions of the Barossa, allows for a balanced ripening of the grapes, ensuring optimal flavor development.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, "Henry's Seven" 2022 is vibrant and aromatic, with a bouquet of red and dark berries, such as raspberry, cherry, and blackberry. The presence of Viognier imparts delicate floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, along with subtle hints of apricot and orange blossom. Undertones of sweet spices, such as cinnamon and clove, add complexity to the fragrance.

The palate is equally impressive, with a medium-bodied structure and a silky texture. The Grenache offers juicy red fruit flavors, complemented by the dark plum and blackcurrant of the Shiraz. The Viognier's influence is evident in the wine's bright acidity and smooth finish, with lingering notes of spices and a touch of minerality.

Awards and Recognition

The 2022 vintage of "Henry's Seven" has garnered acclaim both domestically and internationally. It has received accolades for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship, including:

  • Gold Medal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2023
  • 95 Points from James Halliday's Wine Companion
  • Platinum Award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2023

These honors reflect the meticulous attention to detail and the high standards maintained by the Henschke family in every aspect of winemaking.

The Henschke "Henry's Seven" Grenache Viognier Shiraz 2022 is a remarkable blend that encapsulates the rich heritage and innovative spirit of one of Australia's most esteemed wineries. From its origins in the historic vineyards of South Australia to its recognition on the global stage, "Henry's Seven" continues to be a shining example of Henschke's dedication to excellence in the art of winemaking.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerHenschke
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz Grenache Viogner
Year2022
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14%