Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2015 (Eden Valley, South Australia) "...jammy, raspberry, lush..."
The Mount Edelstone Vineyard, situated in the Eden Valley, was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, who founded South Australia. Unusual for its time, it was planted solely to shiraz. The ancient 500 million-year-old soils on the vineyard are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from over 100 year-old dry-grown, ungrafted centenarian vines. First bottled as a single-vineyard wine in 1952, it became recognised as one of the greatest shiraz wines in Australia.
"Deepish red colour with just a trace of purple in its rim, the bouquet is pungent raspberry, squashed overripe raspberry, classic Mt Edelstone. The wine is succulently fruit-sweet: gorgeously extravagant fruit floods the palate. It’s almost jammy, the fine but persistent tannins just pulling it together on the finish so the aftertaste and follow-through are clean and balanced and refreshing. Lush fruit flavour, astonishing texture, very old-viney, a very impressive Edelstone. A stand-out vintage for this wine." - 98 Points, Huon Hooke
"Profoundly floral, spicy and incredibly youthful, with a confiture-like bouquet of raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants and blueberries knit with cedar/vanilla oak and backed by a hint of coconut ice. Medium to fullish in weight, it’s remarkably long and elegant, with a vivacious expression of small berry flavours knit with dusty, cedary oak and a drying, faintly chalky spine. From a cooler season, there’s a suggestion of dried herbs and a balance that suggests genuine longevity." - 96 Points, Jeremy Oliver
"It’s grown on vines that are now 103 years old. It’s matured in 78% French oak and 22% American, and all-up 22% of this oak is new. It was first bottled as a single vineyard wine in 1952. Distinctive aromatics. Leathery, almost gamey, with potpourri and roasted plums, blackberry, bay and clove flavours. It’s both soft and zesty, beety and earthen, but also sweet and floral. You get an array. You get an experience. It’s so different to the Hill of Roses, but obviously no lesser. Life. It tastes like a life well lived, or an expression of that, though it’s certainly a wine of vigor. As you drink it the words classic lands in your mind." - 96 Points, Wine Front
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