2013 Eleanor’s Cottage Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

'This over-delivers on quality and flavour terms, with the tropical/gooseberry notes of the sauvignon blanc carried along at a rate of knots by the lemony/minerally acidity of the semillon... '
James Halliday, Wine Companion, June/July 2014

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2013 Eleanor’s Cottage Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

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The 2013 harvest in the Adelaide Hills was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with a surprising snow flurry in early October, which led into a mild November of warm days and nights, providing excellent conditions for flowering. Lenswood first saw rain at the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought with exceptional yields and quality. Eden Valley also experienced an early onset of summer, with occasional thunderstorms, and a cooler than average January followed by a warm February completed the dry-fecta of winter/spring/summer. The roller-coaster weather ride continued through March with almost weekly cycles of hot and cold. Cool drizzly weather at the end of March nearly brought the harvest to a halt, but with a return to the Indian summer conditions in early April, it gave us a chance to get all varieties in Eden Valley over the line, returning us to another great vintage of average yields and fabulous rock solid quality.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2013
Grape Variety A blend of 66% sauvignon blanc (from the Henschke Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills) and 34% semillon (from Henschke’s Eden Valley vineyard).
Technical Details Harvest Date: 11 February-14 March | Alcohol: 13% | pH: 3.14 | Acidity: 6.3g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the aromatic fruit characters.
Background The Henschke Eden Valley vineyard was originally established on the top of the range overlooking Eden Valley, a property pioneered and managed by George Crossman Thyer. In 1848 he married Eleanor Hill, after whom this wine is named, and their original cottage still exists today.
Cellaring Potential Excellent vintage, 5+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2013. June/July 2014, James Halliday, Wine Companion

This over-delivers on quality and flavour terms, with the tropical/gooseberry notes of the sauvignon blanc carried along at a rate of knots by the lemony/minerally acidity of the semillon. Great seafood and summer style, with a year or two in its pocket for positive development.

Vintage 2011. December 2011, Tony Love, Daily Telegraph

The 60 percent Eden Valley semillon adds creamy stone fruit and melons to the nose, with 40 percent Adelaide Hills sauvignon adding zip. Sweet harmony.

Vintage 2010. October 2010, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

...Enter this gorgeous white blend from Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills fruit that is a blast of lemon flavour lifted with just the right dash of passionfruit and tropical headiness. A real taste of summer.

Vintage 2010. November 2010, Adelaide Advertiser, 100 Top Wines

A blast of exciting Eden Valley fruit and lemon flavour with a clever little lift of Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc passionfruit and tropicals underpinned by a delicate minerality. It simply tastes really good.

Vintage 2009. 17 October 2009, Ken Gargett, Courier Mail, Brisbane

Seamless Adelaide Hills/Eden Valley blend with creamy texture, hints of limes and minerals, apple-like acidity. 90/100.

Vintage 2006. December 2006, Winewise, Lester

Fresh, lively and delicate, showing good gooseberry flavour backed by crisp acidity.

Vintage 2006. March 2007, Peter Forrestal, Bulleting-Quaff

It is pristine and fresh with mouth watering flavours that persist, before a fine, gentle finish.

Vintage 2006. April 2007, Peter Forrestal, Sunday Times

Another delicious single vineyard white from Eden Valley. The wonderful mouthfeel is a highlight. It's delicate, clean, fresh, with persistant lemon citrus and grassy flavours.

Vintage 2005. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Light straw-green; spotlessly clean, with remarkable drive and intensity on the palate; long and piercing finish. Rating 94/100.