2015 Joseph Hill

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Pale straw with green hues. A lifted perfumed nose of Turkish delight, lychee, musk and frangipani with a hint of clove spice. A luscious palate displaying stone-fruits and fresh citrus zest, a building natural acidity providing beautiful balance with a chalky minerality, and a long, dry finish.

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2015 Joseph Hill

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Vintage 2015
Grape Variety 100% gewürztraminer grown in the Adelaide Hills (87%) and Eden Valley (13%).
Technical Details Harvest Date: 17-23 February | Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 3.22 | Acidity: 6.57g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the aromatic fruit characters.
Background The traminer grape originated in the Tramin area of the north-east of Italy. This variety has been grown for centuries in French Alsace and Germany. The altitude, cool climate and deep loam soils of Eden Valley provide excellent conditions for this variety. The gewürztraminer vineyard is planted on well-drained deep sandy loam and silt and is named after Joseph Hill Thyer who pioneered the first vines on this property in the early 1900s. This year a percentage from the Henschke Archer’s Vineyard has been included to lend greater aromatics and complexity.
Cellaring Potential Excellent vintage, 15+ years (from vintage).


A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January, however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties were in before Easter, moving on to the Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided classic Adelaide Hills expressions of riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir, with varieties such as gewürztraminer showing extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

Vintage 2015. December 2015, Josh Elias, Alquimie

The wine is subdued on the nose with subtle hints of lychee, gunflint and guava. A textural triumph on the palate, the wine has rich phenolics will balanced with bitterness and excellent alcohol intergration.

Vintage 2015. 4 November 2015, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Aromatic and lively. Red apples, rosewater, lychee, spice. Exotic. Varietal. Fresh. Textural. All manner of goods. 90 Points

Vintage 2013. 12 September 2014, www.winemuse.com.au

I really like the prettiness of this wine. I think the Joseph Hill is one of the best of this variety in Australia. Coming from the Eden Valley, it has the pure floral and fruit that makes this variety so easy to love. Fragrant with Turkish delight and rose petals, citrus that deepens to grapefruit on the palate and some riverstone. With its dry, seamless palate that is not hindered by heat from acid or alcohol which is something that is not so common in the variety in Australia. Everything has found its balance, everything has its place and the rose flavor continues through to the finish. Underlying the flesh is a taut line of acid to keep the wine fresh and elegant. Enjoy it anyway that you want – with or without food.

Vintage 2013. 9 April 2014, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Don’t think this is some new alternative variety — the Henschkes have been crafting this most distinctively aromatic white wine since 1978 and their experience shows. Attractive Turkish delight and floral roses lift from the glass, while lovely lemon juice pith and acidity keep its exotic fruit flavours refreshingly tight — a beautiful aperitif wine. Another dessert style gewurz’ also is exquisite.

Vintage 2010. June 2011, Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100

Joseph has been out toning up on the hills of the Eden Valley. Taut minerality and poised acidity, a crisp, delicate chap with quite a perfume.

Vintage 2009. 20 February 2010, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

The name of this wine breaks in two: "gewurz", referring to a spicy character that the traminer grape exhibits, so relate this to the fish cake with a pile of aromatic ingredients like coriander, basil and ginger and you find a bright and shiny mirror at the table, fragrant, a little lime fruit flavour and tartness, as well as a waft of rose perfume and yep, a touch of ginger spice. No, it's not a pop hit in disguise but an appealing exotic star.

Fast fact: Named after Joseph Hill Thyer who grew the first vines on this Eden Valley property.

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

Also from Eden Valley, this is gently perfumed with hints of Turkish delight and florals. Broadens across the palate. Drink young. 89/100

Vintage 2007. 3 February 2008, Sally Gudgeon, Sunday Age

Gewürztraminer can shout its identiy out of the glass but this Eden Valley example is more restrained. It's floral rather than spicy, with vibrant fruit and fresh acidity. Try it with honey soy chicken.

Vintage 2007. 1 February 2008, Nick Stock, Adelaide Review

Going back a few years to the days when Australian gewürztraminer was even more of a rarity than it is now, this Henschke bottling was always one of the most reliable. Australian gewürz often struggles to deliver the phenolic and flavour ripeness whilst retaining even a semblance of balance, but not so here. Where others fail, Henschke excels, making their spicy, fragrant version one of the local stalwarts of this charismatic and elusive variety. High up in Eden Valley, they capture the perfumed musk, rose water and lychee that make this variety so ethereal and unique. Crisp apple and citrus fruit flavours, it's custom made for Thai cuisine.

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

A bright, clean bouquet with faint spice and rose petal aromas; a tight, reserved palate. Rating 90/100.

Vintage 2004. August 2005, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2006

Delicate but bell-clear rose petal and spice and spice varietal fruit;a dry but very long and fine palate; one of the very best examples of the variety.

Vintage 2004. December 2005, Tyson Stelzer, The Top 500 Wines 05-06

The difference between average gewurz and great gewurz in Australia usually comes down to structure and length. There are other examples which show the Turkish Delight, rosewater and fine perfume of the Joseph Hill, but few that support this with the same tight acidity and length of finish, thanks to the cool climate and altitude of this Eden Valley vineyard. An excellent example of what gewurztraminer is capable of achieving in Australia.