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Henschke Louis Semillon

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This is a tribute wine to honour the fourth generation Henschke, Louis Edmund who tended the famed Hill of Grace Vineyard implementing the organic regimes that the Henschke’s use to this day. This is made with fruit sourced from the Eden Valley and it’s lively with citrus pear and gooseberry. The palate is all about citrus, lime and lemon curd before a coiled acid finish that’s crisp. balanced and long. Although drinking well now it will get even better in the bottle and show toasty and honeyed characters after a few years in the cellar.

Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw with lime hues. Aromas of fragrant clover blossom, lemon citrus and green apple are layered with hints of nashi pear, dried fennel and newly mown hay. The focused palate shows zesty citrus and fresh stone-fruit characters with beautifully balanced fine acidity and texture for a long, crisp finish..

Cellaring: Excellent vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)

Alcohol: 11.5%


Reviews and Accolades


"The first impression from this pale straw-colored white is one of freshness. But it's the wine's texture that I really love. Aged with a little old oak, it has a slightly richer finish and a spritzy, citrus kick."
Will Lyons - Wall Street Journal, Feb 2015

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Henschke Louis Semillon

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This 09 is already showing a little golden hue, but there s still a streak of green in the glass. The nose is as fresh and as vibrant as you could wish for (no oak or tank maturation), and there s a grassy edge, some lemon balm and gently waxy notes. The palate s in the same vein, with a vibrant and juicy lemon-tinged flavour and a solid texture, gently chalky finish and lemon lingering through the finish. A slightly richer white that s very contained and balanced, still offering impressive freshness.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Stylish and elegantly structured, if perhaps a little faster to mature than usual. Its buttery, citrusy fragrance of honeydew melon, nutty oak and cinnamon reveals a hint of struck match. Underpinned by a pronounced chalkiness, it's long and toasty with bright melon/lemon fruit knit with sweet vanilla oak and waxy undertones, culminating in a fresh, lively finish.
2017-2021
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
The best from 50+ -year-old vines. A very restrained and pure varietal clover blossom citrus and lanolin develops into a citrusy style with four years. Interesting fuller texture and fine acidity take on the variety. Concentrated freshness and length.
2019
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very smooth and measured, this finely balanced wood-aged semillon offers drinkability and charm. Its fresh bouquet of fresh melon, nectarine and gooseberries is lightly herbaceous and nutty, with very lightly toasty undertones of vanilla oak and a whiff of citrus. Long, smooth and creamy, its luscious palate is supported by a fine underlay of powdery phenolics, with a fresh oaky presence. It finishes with soft acids and a trace of herbaceousness.
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, light greenish-yellow colour and a very youthful nose of citrus and fresh-cut grasses. There's a fine, piercing side to the palate, really even and deep with a good core of lemony flavour and bright, chirpy acid here too. I like the balance with a richness of fruit in very smooth shape. A superbly even and balanced wine - great drive, very even.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Very stylish and seamless, with a lightly meaty, smoky bouquet whose restrained expression of melon and green olives is backed by hints of grilled nuts and creamy, lees derived complexity. It's long, concentrated and unctuous, but effortlessly smooth and elegant. There's genuine lusciousness and roundness, but underpinned by a silky fine presence of the finest crunchy phenolics. It finishes with gentle acids, with suggestions of lightly toasty vanilla oak and a persistent core of fresh citrus and melon fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
96
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
A very retrained and pure varietal lanolin and citrus, develops into a citrusy style with 4 years, interesting fuller, softer take on the variety.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A very attractive mix of grass, lemon juice and spice; a long, minerally finish; very good balance and line.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Delicate, floral aromas of apple, melon and lemon with a light lift of grassiness and lemon blossom precede an elegant, smooth and creamy palate. Lightly oaked, with a toasty expression of fresh fruit and soft acids, it's very approachable and fluffy, finishing with lingering flavour and a refreshing tightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Has excellent tangy intensity of fruit in a lemon/citrus/spice spectrum; no hint of phenolics or heat; perfect acidity. Vines up to 50 years old.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
A very restrained and pure varietal lanolin and citrus, develops into a citrusy style with four years, interesting fuller, softer take on the variety.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93

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