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Henschke Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

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This tight and racy Savvy pays homage to the historic Coralinga homestead that was destroyed by a bushfire in the early 1900's. The fruit comes from the Archer vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, and shows vibrant aromas of citrus, grassiness and tropical fruit salad on the nose, whilst the palate is super-crunchy to begin with, before giving way to ripe apple and gooseberry flavours, frisky acidity, and a lip-smacking finish. There's no oak, just pure zesty fruit.

Winemaker's Notes

This Sauvignon Blanc is a tribute to the historic Coralinga homestead and apple orchard that was destroyed by bushfires in the early 1900's. The homestead was situated close by Henschke’s Lenswood property in the heart of the South Mount Lofty Ranges. At 550m, Lenswood has higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The exotic aromatic qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc reflect the exceptional site of these vineyards and the suitability of this variety to the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills region.

Colour: Pale straw with lime green hues

Aroma: An attractive nose of frangipani and jasmine florals, white currant, honeysuckle and passionfruit, with an underlying note of tropical fruit and gooseberry

Palate: The palate is intense and focused, displaying pure tropical flavours, white currants, grapefruit, gooseberry and white florals, with a slatey, mineral balance and a long fine, crisp finish

Cellaring potential: Exceptional vintage, 5+ years (from vintage)

Recommended food pairing: King fish ceviche salad with toasted garlic bread

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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Henschke Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Slightly lean and under-ripened, but with some racy shape and focus. Brightly lit and lightly herbal, it reveals a bouquet of gooseberries, honeydew melon and a hint of mineral. Its long, tightly focused palate delivers a gentle presence of fruit, finishing with a rather disk and taut acidity. Give it a little time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Chalky and mineral, perhaps lacking a genuine emphasis on fruit, it reveals a nutty, lightly herbaceous and citrusy bouquet with slatey undertones. Lean and dry, it might lack a true core of fruit but finishes with a mineral, lemon sherbet-like aspect.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Like a nervous first date, Coralinga leads out confident, extroverted, zesty and fruity, then quickly switches modes to much more serious and contemplative, structured, honed and mineral.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
...restrained and pure with a keen minerally thread...the acid is finer and crisp, providing an excellent backbone and lifted thread.
The West Australian
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This crisp, apple-and-pear style of sauvignon has a nice thread of blackcurrant leaf amid apples, pears, grass and fresh-cut herbs. The palate's neatly settled on bright, tangy melon and apple fruit flavours. Great balance here.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Quite leafy and herbaceous nose with some bright citrus here too, an all-round set of Hill ssauvignon characters with decent intensity. The palate has bracing tangy acidity and a really crisp, assertive side to it. Nice concentration here - this has some really punchy appeal.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A finely crafted and delineated wine, with an appealing touch of tropical fruit behind both bouquet and palate; has excellent length, and a very classy, lingering finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A clean but unobtrusive bouquet, then a contrasting, lively, zesty palate with lingering citrus and redcurrant fruit; excellent balance and mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh aromas of citrus blossom and passionfruit; builds nicely on the palate and fruit-driven finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This Henschke take on sauvignon shows rich ripe fruits -almost tinned stone fruits - and some tropical notes; very direct and primary. The palate has a fullish texture too; it starts out rich and then slots into zesty acid-driven crunch, finishing fresh and clean.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Highly focused and intense, more so than many from the vintage; a lovely interplay of citrus, tropical and mineral notes.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the bouquet is faintly reductive, but the wine is redeemed by the strength of the palate; long, lingering and focused, finishing with tangy/citrussy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very pale straw-green; spotlessly clean; the fine, reserved palate is likewise on the shy side as yet.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very pale straw-green; the bouquet is slightly reduced, but (not surprisingly) has strong varietal character; the light to medium-bodied palate focuses on gooseberry fruit, finishing with good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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