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2013 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

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The mere mention of the name Henschke sends shivers of excitement down the spines of many wine enthusiasts. They are know for top quality wines, and this one from a great vintage is top notch. Smells of cassis, plums, black olives and toastiness rise up to tempt the senses, whilst the palate is elegant and medium-bodied, with a plummy heart, fine-grained tannins, and a dry, smooth, lingering finish. Lovely stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Deep crimson in colour. An intense nose of ripe mulberry, plum, blue and black berry fruits and anise gives way to underlying floral violet notes and hints of cassis, sage and pepper spice. The beautifully balanced palate shows layers of sweet, concentrated fruit and texture, with fine-grained tannins for a long and elegant finish.

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2013 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

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Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Tasted twice.Vibrant colour leads to a complex, deep dark earthy red and black fruit, in the back ground floral, tapenade, dried herbs and finely woven dark chocolate, oak and toast. The fresh fruited palate has a mouth filling flavour with medium bodied structure and acid length with fine tannins and bright black currant and mulberry fruits.Very drinkable on release with abundant flavour,fine smooth tannins and a chalky finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The product of a cool and dry winter with a dry spring and a wet December, starting out nice and cool before a burst of six hot days in January and a blindingly hot start to February, with the tragic Black Saturday bushfires of 7 February. The fact that the wine has arrived in such composed and balanced form is a miracle, given the extreme and atypical phases of the growing season it endured. The wine shows a wealth of cassis and dark plums, a sweep of spices and glossy berry fruits. The palate s supple, smooth and even, showing concentrated berry and plum flavour with dense yet elegant tannins that finish with freshness and intent. Graphite to close - a great result!
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Finely crafted and evenly balanced, this elegant, juicy red blend has a pristine scent of cassis, raspberries, red cherries and plums laced with aromas of violets and white pepper and knit with sweet chocolate/vanilla oak. It's long, smooth and sumptuous, full to medium-bodied, with a fine, grainy Eden Valley backbone beneath its fresh, vibrant presence of small black and red berries. Effortlessly long, with oak playing a secondary role, it finishes with evenly ripened fruits and fresh acids, plus lingering notes of savoury spices.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Excellent colour and clarity; the aromatic bouquet reflects the complex varietal blend of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/ Cabernet Franc, with cassis, blackberry and plum fruit, which sets the scene for the very appealing palate, awash with fruit yet tied together by the ripe spicy/savoury tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc from a ripe, warm vintage. Plenty of dark-berry fruit, hints of sage, lifted woody spices and savoury chocolate. The tannins are laid out evenly and carry genuine freshness the whole distance; dark-plum and cassis flavours run right through the finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Regional blend from 50-year-old shiraz which varies according to vintage performance with bright plum sage and blackberry characters with good depth and length. Savoury and moreish on the finish. An elegant wine with the regional context.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Deliciously approachable and sumptuous, this sweet-fruited, long and charmingly smooth red blend marries a confiture-like expression of cassis, raspberries, redcurrants and mulberries with sweet, slightly smoky cedar/vanilla oak and undertones of cloves, cinnamon and dried herbs. It's supple and creamy, with a rich, long and warm palate underpinned by fine, polished tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The 2006 vintage is shaping up very nicely in the Henschke red department; this is ripe with measure, clear berries, plums and some slightly resinous oak. The palate's bristling with lifted plum and berry flavours, some chocolate oak flavour leads a charge of sturdy ripe tannins through the finish. Brilliant medium-term cellaring.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Attractive medium- to full-bodied wine, with layers of predominantly black fruits garnished with spices and licorice; exem­plary oak and tannin integration.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The Eden Valley gives focus and structure; a cascade of predominantly red fruits including cherry and raspberry, but resting on a firm foundation. Shiraz/ Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Stylish, generous and harmonious, with a slightly riper expression of slightly raisined fruit than its declared 14% alcohol might suggest. Smoky, meaty aromas of blackberries, mulberries and dark chocolate are backed by nuances of cedar and currants. A plush, brambly palate backed by smooth but assertive oak and pliant, loose-knit tannin delivers plenty of length, finishing with licorice like spices and dark fruits.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
An elegant mix of a full range of red and black fruits; medium-bodied, with delicious silky mouthfeel; 70% Shiraz/20% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Merlot. The Euphonium in question, incidentally, is B Flat.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Briary aromas of blackberry and mulberry confiture are supported by sweet vanilla oak and lightly herbal undertones of white pepper and spices. Smooth, fine and silky, its tightly focused and pristine palate is stained with juicy dark berry, cherry and plum like flavours tightly knit with lightly smoky vanilla/chocolate oak and fine-grained tannins. Finishes long and savoury, with structure and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Deep red-purple; fragrant, spicy red and black fruit aromas; medium-bodied, with ripe, fine tannins and well-integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple, holding its hue well; excellent colour seems to be a continuing feature of this wine, year in, year out. The nicely balanced bouquet brings together black cherry, plum, spice and subtle oak, the palate flowing effortlessly through to the finish, with good weight, texture and mouthfeel. Arguably the best value of all of the Henschke range.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the complex bouquet opens up with vanilla and cedar aromas, then moves into berry and chocolate, and it is the fruit which carries the palate; here mint, red berry and a touch of leaf all marry with subtle oak and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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