2012 Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling

6x750ml Bottles | RRP: $34.80 | $34.80 | Cracka Rating: 4/537

Producer: Henschke Type: White Varietal: Riesling Region: Eden Valley, SA

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2012 Henschke Julius Eden Valley Riesling CrackaWines Tyson Stelzer 95 James Halliday 95
  • Cracka Wine Rating80
  • Pale straw with green hues. An intensely fragrant nose punctuated with frangipani, white rose petal and citrus blossom florals, lime zest, mineral notes and a hint of green peppercorn. The palate shows concentrated pure sweet lime flavours; beautifully balanced with crisp acidity and minerality for a long, focused finish.
  • Tyson Stelzer says:

    2012 represents an outstanding vintage for Julius. Stephen Henschke suggests that in ten years time it will look much like the 2002 does now. There’s no question it will go down among the longest-lived under this label yet, thanks to a crystalline shard of lime juice that penetrates its core. High acidity defines a razor-sharp line of high voltage energy, elevating its lime blossom perfume and defining a finely poised finish of chalky minerality.

    Best Drinking: 2017-2032
    Wine Taste Special Edition 87
    95

    James Halliday says:

    Straw-green; lemon competes on equal ground with lime on the blossom-filled bouquet and brightly framed palate, slatey/minerally acidity balancing all that has gone before. A long future in store.

    Best Drinking: 2027
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    95

    Jeremy Oliver says:

    A very compete, stylish riesling of tremendous shape and elegance. Deeply perfumed, it's scented with white flowers, lavender, lime juice, pear and green apple skin backed by chalky nuances of spice and lemon rind. Long, gentle and tightly focused around a dusty undercarriage, its piercing flavours of citrus and fresh apple finish with clarity and brightness, with a racy cut of limey acid.

    Best Drinking: 2024-2030
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    95

    Mike Bennie says:

    One forgets, sometimes, just how good Henschke's trio of Riesling releases is. Then a wine like this, pristine, pure, citrus-meets-slatey, concentrated and so finely wrought, comes along and reinforces their excellence. A vivid, very fine example.

    Australia's Wine Business Magazine February
    95

    Rob Geddes MW says:

    Substantial complexity with spring water, rose floral, honey suckle, fresh lime zest and varietal white tree fruit aromas. Mouth filling concentration with fresh long complex flavours offering white fruits, floral top notes, subtle talc and minerality and the youthful layered finish speaks of years of effortless aging to come. The acidity is not forced in this wine and the fruit has a lovely natural generosity.

    Best Drinking: 2035
    Rob Geddes MW
    94

    Nick Stock says:

    Lovely finesse is evident here. Reserved and savoury, quite minerally and stony at first, it makes a play into citrus territory. The palate has similar resolve, with bright, tangy acid crunch and a lingering acid tang that holds it long and on course. Should age nicely.

    Best Drinking: 2017
    Good Wine Guide
    93

    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says:

    This is one of the best of many examples proving the swings of the cool vintage prevailed over the roundabouts of disease in the well-managed riesling vineyards. Light straw-green; a perfumed wine of outstanding texture and structure that carry the cascade of lime and lime zest fruit through to the long, imperious finish. Great things in store.

    Best Drinking: to 2018
    Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
    96

    Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed floral aromas elegant flavours and restrained long steely texture. Selection of the best of 50- to 60-year-old vineyard'starts delicate and will according to year develop for decades. The profoundness of this wine is in its detailed flavours

    Best Drinking: 2025
    Rob Geddes MW
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

    Best Drinking: 2023-2031
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    95

    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

    Named after ancestor artist and sculptor Julius Henschke, this comes from a single-vineyard site, planted on sandy loam over gravel and bedrock, ideal for white grapes. A near-perfect evocation of the Eden Valley, with an almost wanton display of lime, lemon and a whiff of passionfruit; the line and length are of the highest quality, the citrussy acidity of the finish likewise.

    96

    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says:

    This years Julius shows all the classic bath powder fragrance and minerals of the Eden Valley and plenty of breezy fresh citrus. The palates fine and crisp acid crunch and a long, crisp finish.

    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:

    One of the best Henschke - fresh, vibrant and very floral. Its bright, clear aroma of lime, apple and mineral precede a elegant and dusty palate whose reserved expression of lime and apple extends long and lively towards a supple, gentle finish. It's very stylish and streamlined, with a lingering core of delicate but pristine flavour.

    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed floral aromas elegant flavours and restrained long steely texture. Selection of the best of 50- to 60-year-old vineyard'starts delicate and will according to year develop for decades. The profoundness of this wine is in its detailed flavours

    Rob Geddes MW
    95

    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:

    A flowery bouquet with hints of herb and spice, then a tight but very long palate with impressive finesse to the lime-accented palate, leaving the mouth fresh.

    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    96

    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    91

    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

    A fine, subtle and finely layered riesling that initially appears quite fragile before revealing the full extent of its texture, length and depth. A delicate perfume of minerals, lime juice and lemon zest precedes an elegant, restrained palate whose fresh flavours of white peach, pear and apple are supported by a fine chalkiness. It finishes very dry and savoury.

    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    94

    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

    A striking wine; absolutely classic aromas and flavours with a mix of lime zest, leaf and a hint of spice, all tightly interwoven.

    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    96

    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

    Has the Henschke riesling stamp on both bouquet and palate; tighter and more intense than the Lenswood; similar generosity to the regional lime juice flavours.

    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    95

    Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says:

    The signature Henschke riesling bottling has fine zesty lime fragrance, classic quartzy minerals and bright pure appeal -a powerful yet refined Eden Valley riesling. The palate is cast on a savoury quartz base, lime flavours on top and acidity bind them together. Superbly balanced.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says:

    Scented with lemon blossom, orange candy and sherbet, this long, fresh and racy young riesling delivers a vibrant shade of brightly lit limey varietal flavour underpinned by a typical Eden Valley texture of fine, dry powder. Crisp and focused, it finishes with refreshing acidity and persistent flavour.

    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    95

    Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010

    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

    Extremely fine and floral blossom aromas; a delicately poised palate with good balance, simply needing time.

    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

    A very pretty medium to long term riesling with some stylish elements of austerity and racy acidity. Scented with a musky perfume of fresh lemon rind and lime juice, it presents a long and lingering palate whose refreshing citrus flavours are underpinned by a drying chalkiness. There's plenty of juicy richness and pleasing concentration of flavour, all of which is neatly balanced by a racy acidity.

    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
    93

    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    91

    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:

    Light green-straw; spotlessly clean; finer and more directly focused than Green's Hill, with lime, lemon and green apple; great length and finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    95

    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says:

    A typically charming Eden Valley riesling fragrance of lime juice and musky rose petals with undertones of wet slate and suggestions of mineral precede a lean and tight-knit palate of focus and freshness. Its charmingly soft and supple expression of lime, lemon rind and minerally flavour is underpinned by a fine, powdery chalkiness, while it finishes long and tangy.

    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    93

    Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell (2005 Vintage) says:

    A subdued Eden valley riesling, very closed up and reserved. It smells fine with lime-pulp, herb and floral aromas of great purity that lead to a fine boned palate of intense, rather austere varietal flavour. It has real underlying depth though, and the palate, while still youthful, has impeccable balance, structure and great length. Henschke Julius is always age-worthy and this is no exception. Try it with sushi.

    Good Australian Wine Guide 2007 2006
    94

    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

    Clean and fresh; light to medium-bodied; regional lime blossom and flavour; soft finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    90

    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

    A taut, stylish and seamless riesling with rose petal aromas and lightly candied lime juice and lemon-like flavours. It's perfumed and fragrant, and delivers a long, generous and slightly mineral palate over a fine, chalky backbone. Finishes with soft acids and a lingering core of citrus, apple and pear flavour.

    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    93

    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

    Opulent aromas of pear and apple, with a suggestion of dried hay. Broad, generous palate with pleasing fruit and an underlying phenolic spine. Not hugely complex, but full, broad and generous.

    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    90

    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:

    Regional lime and lemon plus passionfruit and spice; intense and elegant.

    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    92

    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says:

    Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet shows the typical lime juice fruit of the Eden Valley, and the palate has rich, already accessible fruit on entry, then a complex structure with some grip to the finish.

    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    92

    Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    94

    Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says:

    Archetypal Eden Valley intensity of perfumed aromas, elegant flavours and restrained steely texture.

    Australian Wine Vintages 2010

    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says:

    Medium yellow-green; generous lime and citrus fruit with flecks of mineral running through the bouquet. A generously flavoured, almost solid wine on the palate but arguably lacking a little focus.

    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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