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Henschke Giles Pinot Noir

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Henschke Giles Pinot Noir

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Medium in weight, this firmish and linear dry red doesn't really reflect pinot charm but delivers a lightly spicy expression of red plums, redcurrants, beetroot and dark cherries underpinned by notes of rhubarb and baked earth. supported by sinewy, powdery tannins, it's lonf and focused, with a dusty, spicy finish of lively acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The first vintage with the newly acquired adjoining vineyard in Lenswood (originally Tim Knappstein s), and this is a very bright, vibrant red-fruited pinot noir that delivers both purity and poise from the very first impression. Much of the Adelaide Hills is still grappling with Pinot Noir, but the Henschkes seem to be getting to grips with things. A little glossy layer across very vibrant red cherry fruits and lightly creamed spice complexity. Lovely tannin bite beneath ripe and even cherry and blue-tinged fruit flavours; very even, fresh and elegant. A handsome precursor to a small (75 dozen) release of 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir.
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Very primary and lacking integration, this smooth and fine-grained pinot has the capacity to age well. It's scented with a musky perfume of dark cherries, raspberries, briar and smoky chocolate/cedary oak backed by nuances of dried herbs. Its intense core of dark cherry, beetroot, rhubarb and dark plum flavour is handsomely oaked and underpinned by a slatey lick of fine tannins, finishing with length and a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
93
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Henschke may not be known for its Adelaide Hills Pinot but that’s all about to change. There’s a newfound delicacy, a seamless finesse and a gentle sensitivity to the 09, captured in its perfumed rose petal bouquet, gentle red cherry palate and fine, supportive tannin texture.
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A heady, wild and floral bouquet of dark cherries, mulberries, cranberry and polished cedar/vanilla oak reveals nuances of marzipan, mint and dried herbs. Smooth and supple, supported by fine, crunchy tannin, it's steeped in rich, juicy flavours of black and red cherries, redcurrants and berries, finishing with length and focus.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The Henschkes have recently invested in another large, mature vineyard adjacent to this one in the cool Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, and this is a wine to watch. Plenty of ripe mixed berry fruits on the nose here: cherries lead the way, some gentle sappy herbal notes, and a swathe of raspberry fruits. The palate has a smooth and fleshy texture - really balanced, even and impressively concentrated. Tannins fan out in style.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Whole berry, whole bunch, wild yeast fermented; multiple clone base; relatively light-bodied but very well balanced and structured, with red cherry and strawberry fruit given complexity by a light touch of spice; a silky, long, finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Fine, silky and sappy, this juicy and rather minty and spicy young pinot has a smoky, spicy bouquet whose aromas of dark cherries, plums and redcurrants are backed by funky suggestions of animal hide and mineral. Driven by a lingering core of bright, slightly sour-edged fruit, its sweet palate of red and black plums and cherries reveals nuances of briar, undergrowth and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Tangy more than savoury entry, then lovely small red berry fruits come through strongly on the fine, lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The 'official' food match for this wine (from Henschke) is pigeon with semolina gnocchi. Nice work if you can get it! We reckon it would taste good with just about anything. It's grown at 570 metres above sea level, the coolness of the altitude keeping it elegant and controlled, even in warm years like 2007. Henschke is a big-red gun, but pinot noir hardly springs to mind in contemplating its best wines. This little bobby-dazzler may cause a rethink. It's beautifully fresh and fragrant, with classy, cherry-like fruit flavour stretched long by minerally, super-fine tannins. Very impressive.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; fresh cherry aromas and a little spice; good flavour, but pulls up a little short.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
From the cool and elevated Lenswood district of the Hills, this shows bright red cherry fruits, peppery spice and fine cedary oak; plenty of savoury brambly notes too. The palate has cool resolve, elegant red berry flavours, fine but concentrated, finishing with a softer edge.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Pretty, vibrant and silky, this charming and restrained pinot supports its gently handled maraschino cherry and red berry-like fruit with a smooth undercarriage of smoky vanilla oak and fine tannins. It's quite floral and earthy, with some complex clove, cinnamon and meaty undertones, finishing with just a suggestion of tomato.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; fragrant, spicy, red and black fruit aromas; an elegant, cherry-accented palate; has poise and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly jammy and confectionary aromas of wild berries, plums and sweet vanilla oak reveal reductive and meaty undertones. Supple and sappy its juicy Beaune-like palate reveals some pure berry/cherry fruit, but lacks genuine length and follow-through, finishing quite oaky and porty, with creamy, mouth-coating tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the complex aromas of the bouquet range through spicy/savoury/foresty/stemmy characters, but with a red fruit core; the palate focuses more on the fruit, but once again is complex, with a mix of red fruits, plum and small berry flavours. All in all, makes the biggest statement of any of the Giles Pinot Noirs to date.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90

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