2014 Eleanor’s Cottage

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Pale straw with lime hues. Lifted, fragrant aromas of lemon and grapefruit citrus, gooseberry, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaf, with supporting notes of stone-fruit, white flowers and citrus blossom. The delicate, yet generous front palate shows citrus, stone-fruit and gooseberry flavours, with zesty minerality and texture, crisp acidity and excellent length.

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2014 Eleanor’s Cottage

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The 2014 vintage began with the winery coming alive to the fragrant aromas of fermentation. But what a year we had! This year, the moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed...until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory. This taste of hell ended in the wettest February in 44 years - all in 48 hours, when we received between 115 and 150mm of rain. Fortunately, Eden Valley and the Adelaide Hills were still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The yields appeared depressingly minuscule, due to a severe black frost in spring and cold windy weather during flowering in early December. Early picks of semillon and shiraz after the heat wave were in response to vine stress. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on other early vintage varieties, riesling in Eden Valley and pinot noir at Lenswood. Mild weather with cold dewy mornings and windy days prevailed. Disease pressure increased as March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the solstice. It was indeed a late vintage and also resulted in one of our longest vintages. The picking of Eden Valley cabernet and Lenswood merlot brought the season to a close at the beginning of May, where skilled vineyard teams played a critical role by hand selecting and picking the best quality fruit during the onset of rain and cold wintery weather. In summary, a challenging season with good quality but very low yields.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2014
Grape Variety A blend of 62% semillon and 38% sauvignon blanc (58% from the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard and 42% from the Henschke Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills).
Technical Details Harvest Date: 17 February-10 April | Alcohol: 13% | pH: 3.12 | Acidity: 6.4g/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.