2015 Julius

"A fairy tale 2015 vintage...stunning signature Eden Valley Riesling"
Stephen Henschke - Winemaker

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Baked Trout with Fennel
Pale straw with lime hues. Intense, lifted aromas of lime leaf and citrus zest supported by lively jasmine floral notes, bath salts and crushed herbs. The palate is tight and focused, displaying dominating lime flavours and ripe citrus, beautiful purity, and mineral notes leading to a long, intense, crisp finish with steely acidity.

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2015 Julius

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Vintage 2015
Grape Variety 100% riesling grown in Eden Valley.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 23 February-3 March | Alcohol: 11.5% | pH: 2.97 | Acidity: 7.05g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
Background Cyril Henschke developed the Henschke reputation for premium riesling wines as early as the 1950s from the vineyard areas of Eden Valley, Keyneton and Springton in the Eden Valley wine region. This region provides ideal ripening conditions for the riesling grape and has a unique track record of exceptional ageing potential for the variety. The Eden Valley riesling vineyard is planted on sandy loam over gravel and bedrock with patches of clay.The wine is named after ancestor Julius Henschke, a highly acclaimed artist and sculptor.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 20+ 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 and some Eden Valley shiraz were in before Easter, moving on to the rest of our Eden Valley and 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 stunning signature riesling and elegant shiraz from Eden Valley, that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing. 

Vintage 2015, 2 February 2016, Casey Warrener, www.winecompanion.com.au

A celebration of Eden Valley riesling, starting with the fragrant, perfumed flowery bouquet, finishing with mouthwatering acidity. In between, lemon, lime and green apple make a flavour mosiac, its patterns never ending, but all in perfect synchrony. Great value. 97 points

Vintage 2015. 25 October 2015, Mike Bennie, The WineFront

Bickfords Lime Cordial scents with a touch of floral and sniff of talc, shows some faint yeasty breadiness too. Clean, light, flavoursome, delicate and pure. A dance across the palate of green apple, tangy citrus, mineral water-like minerality. Very chalky, almost too firm finish that hits the palate hot and hard. Has some mojo, but yeah, needs time to mesh and soften that finish. 93+ points

Vintage 2015. 24 October 2015, Winsor Dobbin, http://gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com.au/

An enticing aromatic pot-pourri nose leads on lemon, lime and tangerine notes on the palate, fresh herbs and bright, focused minerality with crisp, refreshing acidity. History tells us it will cellar for two decades or more. More importantly it is delicious. But you really wouldn't expect anything else from the Henschke family.

Vintage 2014. June 2015, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com

The 2014 Riesling Julius has youthfully muted notes of fresh limes, grapefruit skin, green apples and fresh herbs. The palate has incredible tension with a very crisp acid line supporting the tightly wound flavours, finish with loads of freshness matched by flavour. Give it another four or five years before broaching. 93+points

Vintage 2014. 3 February 2015, Campbell Mattinson, www.Winefront.com.au

Julius Riesling is a star performer. Again in 2014. Excellent intensity. Lime and slate flavours swing juicily through the palate before marshalling forces and penetrating through the finish. Zesty, dry and thrillingly long. Standout.

Vintage 2013. 9 April 2014, Winsor Dobbin, www.nourishmag.com.au

A classic Eden Valley riesling from a quality focused winery that is drinking beautifully in its youth but is proven as a cellaring prospect. Fresh floral aromas lead on to a palate with delicate, fresh citrus notes, minerality and the merest hints of Asian spice. This is lively, flinty, crisp and dry and extremely versatile with food.< p>

Vintage 2013. February 2014, Lisa Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com

The 2013 Julius Riesling is delicately scented of fresh limes and lemon slices with underlying grapefruit peel, white pepper and coriander seed hints. Dry and light-bodied, there is a pleasantly savory yeastiness to the mid-palate before it finishes long, refreshing and yet nicely balanced. Drink it now to 2025+.

Vintage 2013. 7 November 2013, www.winefront.com.au

What a delight this wine is. So pure, so inviting, so classical. Importantly, it pulses with flavour through its long, chalky, structural finish. Lime leaves and juice, bath salts, various citrus rind notes, steel. It’s a joyous drink. Its quality is abundantly clear.

Vintage 2013. 1 November 2013, www.winemuse.com.au

Coming from one of Henschke’s fine riesling vineyards in Eden Valley, 2013 was a very good vintage for them. This riesling is one to enjoy now or to cellar over the coming decade. There is some mineral limestone savouriness to the ripe stonefruit and abundant floral and spicy perfumed notes on the nose that I associate with riesling from Eden Valley. Dry and crisp, the acid is soft but drives the line along the palate to extend the finish. Just one of Henschke’s riesling line up – this one proudly sports the Eden Valley embossed bottle.

Vintage 2012. Winter 2013, Travel & Living

It has all the classic dry Riesling characteristics, being floral and citrusy with a lean mineral backbone and good acid.... .

Vintage 2012. 24 April 2013, The Weekly Review-Stonnington, Melbourne

This has a perfumed and floral bouquet, with lemon, lime and blossum plus a touch of quince. Intense pure lime, mineral and grapefruit pith flavours are supported by taut, chalky acid that keeps the flavours in the mouth long after being swallowed. Rated: 5 Stars

Vintage 2012. 1 February 2013, James Halliday, Wine Companion, Melbourne

Straw green, lemon competes on equal ground with lime on the blossom filled bouquet and brightly framed palate, slatey/minerally acidity balancing all that has gone before. A long future in store. Rated: 95

Vintage 2012. 1 February 2013, Mike Bennie, The Cream

A wine like this, pristine, pure, citrus-meets slatey, concentrated and so finely wrought, comes along and reinforces their excellence. A vivid, very fine example.

Vintage 2012. 06 January 2013, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

Light blossomy fragrance, lemon/lime, mineral – stony. Pure, straight lines and a driving finish. A little austerity now, sure, but the makings of a classic here. Softening kiss of lime and lemon barley I might add. So very good.Rated : 96 Points.

Vintage 2012. 22 August 2012, Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

Beautiful wine. Pure and yet giving. Excellent bite of flavour on the finish – lime and lime rind, perhaps even a hint of grapefruit. Smells citrussy and pure and gives up some easy flavour, but become slatey and deadly serious as you swallow. Great option for now, or for the cellar. Length plus. Rated : 94 Points.

Vintage 2011. 25 January 2012, Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury

Stunning cool climate riesling from one of Australia's elite winemakers. Viticulturist Prue and winemaker Stephen Henschke have produced a wine of great finesse and quality despite difficult vintage conditions. Perfumed notes on the nose, lemon, lime and citrus fruit a hint of spice, a zesty minerally backbone and a crisp, dry finish. Drink with oysters.

Vintage 2011. 19 November 2011, James Halliday, Weekend Australian Magazine

This is one of the best of many examples proving that the swings of the cool vintage prevailed over the roundabouts of disease in the well-managed riesling vineyards. A wine of outstanding texture and structure that carries the cascade of lime and lime zest through to the long, imperious finish. Great things in store. 96 points. Drink to 2018 with blue swimmer crab.

Vintage 2011. 15 November 2011, Huon Hooke, Good Living, The Sydney Morning Herald

Bright pale-lemon hue; a subdued, shy, backward aroma with hints of lemon and herb and a whiff of passionfruit. It needs air and becomes quite beautiful in its understated, undeveloped way. Those who prize delicacy and subtlety in riesling will love it. The palate is restrained and refined with mineral notes, drawing to an intense, tight, nervy finish and an aftertaste of great energy and finesse. There's nothing better with a piece of fish. Drink now to 2022-onwards. 94/100. Food: snapper, flathead, whiting or barramundi, steamed or pan-fried and served meunier or with beurre blanc.

Vintage 2011. 08 November 2011, Daily Telegraph

What a cracker of the year for Eden Valley Riesling, here one of the region's most respected names turning on the charm with a poised and balanced wine exuding lovely pinelime flavours with a purity and energy that is impossible to miss. 94 Points. Food: seafood risotto

Vintage 2010. 22 March 2012, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

A classic traditional Australian riesling, pale in colour with a faintly yeasty, crisp lemon and apple scent and a clean, dry but smooth palate. Bracing and balanced, it has terrific intensity, line and length. Superb drinking now and to at least 2020.93/100.

Vintage 2009. February 2010, Ralph Kyte-Powell, Reign of Terroir, ABC Delicious

Lime, cinnamon, apple and floral aromas with a steely thread underneat. It tastes elegant and pure with deliciously tangy flavours that will benefit from bottle age to build extra dimension. A classic.

Vintage 2008. 14 April 2009, Ralph Kyte Powell, Epicure, The Age

Today the best of the family's rieslings remain classic examples of the best Eden Valley style. Julius 2008 offers intense white peach, lime and German-accented spice aromas that are clean and varietally pristine. The palate is plump and well structured with deliciously subdued flavour but great presence. It finishes dry and savoury. Henschke Julius has a great ageing pedigree, especially under screwcap, so stock some away for future enjoyment - you won't be disappointed.

Vintage 2007. 5 February 2008, The Age

Pristine Eden Valley riesling has long been a Henschke house speciality and this 2007 is a fine example. It's a fresh style with cinnamon-spicy, lime and tropical fruit aromas coupled to minerally notes. The palate has clean, pure, lemon-lime flavours of zesty intensity, finishing powder dry. Excellent.

Vintage 2007. November 2007, The Advertiser - Australia's Top 100 wines

From the reknowned riesling territory of Eden Valley, the wine has a distinct lean to crisp apples splashed over with lemon juice, perhaps even sprinkled over with cinnamon spice the a keen line of acidity balancing neatly with all those clean, refreshing flavours that offer a great finish.

Vintage 2006. January 2012, Nick Bulleid, Australian Gourmet Wine Traveller

Fresh and fine, with intense lemon on the nose and a taut, crisp palate. Well-concentrated, fresh and lively, with a chalky texture.

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

Light green-straw; spotlessly clean; fine and directly focused, with lime, lemon and green apple; great length and finish. Rating 95/100.

Vintage 2004. November 2005, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

…exhibits a striking, light-bodied, green apple note along with notions of grapefruits and other assorted citrus. Fresh and austere, with a hint of minerality.

Vintage 2003. March 2004, Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald

Glorious nose: refined floral and lime/citrus aromas; creamy, superfine and subtly complex. Lovely cool-grown flavours on a seamless, long palate...A wonderful wine.

Vintage 2002. Autumn 2014, Selector Magazine

This Riesling is named in honour of Stephen Henschke’s great-uncle Julius and 2002 is described by the producer as “one of our most exceptional vintages ever”. Still retaining fresh citrus fruit aromas, it has amazing depth of toasty, honeyed development, a vibrant core of limey fruit and smooth acidity, finishing with an almost creamy texture.

Vintage 2002. July 2004, Joelle Thompson, The New Zealand Herald

Its gorgeous, limey flavours, upfront but austere fruity style and dry-as-a-bone finish all combine to prove that New World wine countries can produce rieslings that are among the best on the planet.