Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016

Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016

Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016

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Winemaking and Drinking

Henschke, a name synonymous with exceptional Australian wines, has a rich history that dates back to 1868 when Johann Christian Henschke planted the first vines in the Eden Valley, South Australia. The Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016 is a testament to the Henschke family's dedication to producing premium wines. This particular Shiraz is a blend that encapsulates the essence of the Eden Valley and showcases the unique terroir of the region.

Historical Background

The Henschke family, now in its sixth generation, has been instrumental in establishing the Eden Valley as one of the premier wine-producing regions in Australia. The Keyneton Estate is named after the village of Keyneton, which was settled by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842. The estate has a storied past, deeply intertwined with the Henschke family's winemaking traditions.

The Euphonium Shiraz is part of the Henschke Keyneton Estate range, named to reflect the family's long-standing connection to music. This wine is a harmonious blend of Shiraz (predominantly), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, meticulously crafted to express the purity and intensity of the Eden Valley's vineyards.

Vineyards

The grapes for the Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016 are sourced from several Henschke vineyards in the Eden Valley, including the Hill of Grace, Mount Edelstone, and other select sites. These vineyards are known for their old vines, some dating back over 150 years, which contribute to the complexity and depth of the wine.

The Eden Valley's cool climate, combined with its high altitude, results in a longer growing season. This allows the grapes to develop rich flavors and balanced acidity. The soils are predominantly deep sandy loams, which provide excellent drainage and contribute to the vines' health and vigor.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 vintage of the Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz presents a vibrant and complex nose. Aromas of dark berries, plums, and black cherries dominate, complemented by notes of black pepper, anise, and a hint of violets. Subtle undertones of vanilla, cedar, and dark chocolate add layers of depth, thanks to careful maturation in French oak barrels.

On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and richly textured. It offers a symphony of flavors, including blackberry, blueberry, and ripe plum, interwoven with spice, mocha, and earthy undertones. The tannins are firm yet silky, providing a balanced structure that leads to a long, elegant finish.

Awards and Recognition

The Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. Among its accolades are:

  • Gold Medal at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards: Recognized for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
  • 95 Points from James Halliday's Wine Companion: Halliday praised its balance, depth, and complexity, noting it as a standout wine from the 2016 vintage.
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: Awarded a Silver Medal, highlighting its international appeal and excellence in winemaking.

These awards reflect the wine's outstanding pedigree and the Henschke family's commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality.

The Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium Shiraz 2016 is a remarkable wine that encapsulates the rich history, meticulous viticulture, and expert winemaking of the Henschke family. From its origins in the Eden Valley to its celebrated status on the global stage, this Shiraz is a true reflection of the artistry and passion that define Henschke wines. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future appreciation, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of one of Australia's most iconic wine families.

 


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerHenschke
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz Cabernet Franc/Sauvignon Merlot
Year2016
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5%