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Henschke Lenswood Abbotts Prayer Merlot Cabernet

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Smells of red fruits, plums, and licks of dried herbs and earthy spice waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is graceful and juicy, with a spiced plum centre, fine, dusty tannins, and a smooth, slinky finish.Try it with some braised beef short ribs.

Winemaker's Notes

The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. The property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyards in the area originally known as Abbotts Flat, was established in the late 1800s and pioneered by the first settler, T N Mitchell.

Appearance: Deep crimson in colour.

Nose: Enticing, complex aromas of dark, briary wild fruits, mulberries and red currants entwine with spicy forest herbs, beef stock and chocolate.

Palate: The palate is powerful, commanding attention to the rich layers of black fruits, mulberry, violets and spices, while the sophisticated, fine-grained tannins carry the wine to the very back of the palate for a long and smooth finish.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Grape Variety: 68% merlot and 32% cabernet sauvignon grapes grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.


Maturation: 75% new and 25% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. 

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Henschke Lenswood Abbotts Prayer Merlot Cabernet

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Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Aromatic merlot aromas of mulberry and anise fruit turns to brick dust and briars with age with a medium full palate, silky tannins with ok support and seamless connection to the long fruit finish kept tidy with a silky tannin finish.Pretty and elegant.
2022
Rob Geddes MW
93
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The Abbot of Lenswood certainly said his prayers in 08, dodging the heatwave to conceive a wine of particular poise and structure. Crunchy blackcurrants, firm tannins and great integration.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The complex bouquet has nuances of violet and herb under the cassis and plum mainframe; spicy elements of the palate are emphasised by powdery tannins than run through to the finish and aftertaste; for cellaring. Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
This ripe, elegant blend of merlot and cabernet reveals a dusty, faintly herbal fragrance of blue flowers, cassis, red berries, dark cherries and cranberries knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak and backed by nuances of rhubarb and mulberries. Long and supple, its faintly jammy palate of bright berry/plum flavour knits with powdery tannins, finishing with pleasing balance, acidity and lingering suggestions of roast lamb and rosemary.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Aromatic merlot aromas of mulberry and anise fruit turns to brick dust and briars with age with a medium full palate and seamless connection to the long fruit finish kept tidy with a silky tannin finish.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A blend of 81% merlot and 19% cabernet, this has a stylish claret-like nose of ripe red fruits, gentle perfume and cherry cola, cedary oak and subtle background meaty notes. The palate sports confidence and direction; tannins are fine yet stretch right through the finish, gently gripping. This has a bright future.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Relatively light but bright hue; a multi-red fruit array on bouquet and palate, the fruit gliding across the mouth; a tribute to Adelaide Hills' ability to ride the punches of hot years.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Aromatic merlot, caramel berry fruit turns to brick dust and briars with age with a full-front palate, seamless connection, with refreshment in the tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Bright, clear colour; excellent texture, structure and mouthfeel, with a seamless flow of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, plus a hint, of black olive.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Aromatic merlot caramel berry fruit turns to brick dust and briars with age with a full-front palate seamless connection with refreshment in the tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant, red berry fruits with some accompanying spices on the bouquet; a medium-bodied palate, with elegant, fresh cherry and cassis fruit; very fine tannins run through a great finish and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Clearly delineated varietal character, with a mix of red berries, olive, leaf, spice and herb; good mouthfeel and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Fine and fragrant; seamless, rounded red berry fruits and cedary oak; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is fragrant, with an appropriate array of spicy, foresty, cedary aromas. The fine, light to medium-bodied palate has berry, cedar and olive flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. Stylish and elegant.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; a fragrant bouquet, ripe, but neither jammy nor soupy, leads into a medium-bodied palate with structure and elegance, offering raspberry and blackberry fruit, and ever-so-slightly dusty oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is multifaceted, offering lovely savoury fruit with gently sweet oak; dark berry fruit with foresty notes and subtle oak are the best features of the palate; the lingering tannins are a little strong, but may well soften with further bottle age.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
91

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