2012 Keyneton Euphonium

Deep crimson in colour. An intense nose of ripe mulberry, plum, blue and black berry fruits and anise gives way to underlying floral violet notes and hints of cassis, sage and pepper spice. The beautifully balanced palate shows layers of sweet, concentrated fruit and texture, with fine-grained tannins for a long and elegant finish.

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2012 Keyneton Euphonium

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The La NiƱa pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall. July was the driest since the serious drought of 2003. Spring was mild with few frost events; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to only average yields. Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. This provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, high colour figures, high acidity and mature tannins. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines; ie, keeping leaves active at veraison and ripening. Temperatures were mild during harvest through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, allowing for a long window of picking and amazing maturities with the red varieties. Standout varieties were riesling, showing delightful aromatics, purity, intensity, excellent acidity and length of flavour; and shiraz, showing great purity and spice, colour, intensity and strikingly mature tannins. Yields were average with exceptional overall quality.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2012
Grape Variety 65% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% cabernet franc grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).
Technical Details Harvest Date: 2 March-20 April | Alcohol: 14% | pH: 3.5 | Acidity: 6.69g/L
Maturation Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (90% French and 10% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and the Henschke winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, and featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, was made by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.
Cellaring Potential Excellent vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)

Vintage 2010. February 2014, Lisa Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com

A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2010 Keyneton Euphonium opens to pronounced Christmas cake, mulberries and preserved plum aromas highlighted by hints of sandalwood and star anise. Mouth-filling with spiced blackberry preserve flavors framed by a medium to firm level of velvety tannins and balanced acid, it finishes with great length. Drink it now to 2020+.

Vintage 2010. 1 June 2013, Money Magazine

Frankly, it is irresistible, so don't expect to cellar it. Fresh, fragrant and pure, it has fleshy, velvety texture, blackcurrant pastille and mulberry flavours and lingers lush and long.

Vintage 2010. 6 May 2013, www.winingpom.com.au

..... dark and broody fruit, a lift of cedary oak and a lick of spearmint, very structured wine, bright berry profile with grainy tannins and good length of concentration.

Vintage 2009. 28 March 2012, The Wine Front, Campbell

Warm spices. Warm backberried fruit. Redcurrant brightness. Tight, mature tannin. Terrific concentration. Length for as far as the tannin will allow it. Looks a real goodun'.

Vintage 2008. 02 November 2010, The Age, Wine of the Week, Ralph Kyte-Powell

The nicely poised palate has good concentration of juicy berry fruit and sweetly spicy flavours, with medium body and a lovely long, soft finish. A beautifully made, gently Australian red.

Vintage 2008. November 2010, WBM

Ripe, warm vintage means plenty of dark berries, hints of sage, lifted woody spices and savoury chocolate. The tannins are laid out evenly and carry freshness the whole distance – dark plum and cassis flavours right through the finish.

Vintage 2008. February 2011, North Shore Times, Rick Allen

...mostly dark fruit, smoky blackberry dominant, but there’s a line of red berry flavours that comes through as well and some gentle spice. It’s a classy wine, very satisfying.

Vintage 2008. 2 March 2011, Nick Wine Merchant

Liquorice allsorts top notes are followed by some confectionary, dark chocolate, vanilla and spice notes showing excellent lift. Velvet smooth tannins along with a silky mouthfeel.

Vintage 2007. March 2010, Nicks Wine Merchants

The nose is very perfumed...Generous full bodied flavour profile encased by Henschke’s now trademark super fine, silk like tannin structure. Flavours of dark plum, ripe blackberry and confectionary...Long aftertaste of blackpepper, spice and blackberry.

Vintage 2006. February 2009, Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times

It reminds me of some of the best wines I’ve tried from Pomerol and Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux. It’s plush on the palate, with a firm, cabernet-led finish. 5 stars.

Vintage 2006. June 2008, Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review

This 2006 is full of promise...Distinct blackberry shiraz aromas, really ripe and concentrated, pitched neatly into the zone, plums in there too and some punchy oak that's still settling in. The palate is chock-full of flavour and smoothly honed texture, more berries and some gentle earthy spiced complexity, the oak brings some chocolate around - tannins are sturdy. 93 points.

Vintage 2005. October 2008, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

Black raspberry, boysenberry, cherry-cola and asian spices on the nose, with gentle oak spiciness adding further complexity...Firm minerality lends focus to an impressively long, juicy finish, which leaves anise and baking spices behind. Suave and sweet, with the balance to age but the sex-appeal to drink now.

Vintage 2004. February 2007, Jeremy Oliver

An intense, elegant and measured red that takes time to open in the glass. Its minty, violet-like perfume of redcurrant, cassis, plums and fresh cedar/vanilla oak overlies a suggestion of dark chocolate and a slightly herbal hint of white pepper. Long, smooth and tightly knit, its vibrant palate of spicy berry and plum-like flavour overlies a dusty, fine-grained spine. It finishes savoury and slightly mineral with a persistent core of fruit. 94 pts.

Vintage 2003. August 2006, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

Potent red and dark berries on the nose, with exotic notes of fruitcake, molasses, anise and dark chocolate. Smoky, musky tobacco and cured meat notes accent brooding, sweet blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with a deeper espresso suggestion on the back...This has fruit to spare, the dark berry flavours showing excellent length and breadth. Score – 91.

Vintage 2002. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

An elegant mix of a full range of red and black fruits; medium-bodied, with delicious silky mouthfeel. Rating 95/100.

Vintage 2002. November 2005, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

The 2002 Keyneton Estate boasts impressive intensity, richness, concentration, and aromatics. A beauty, with a meatiness to its richness and intensity, it should drink well for a decade or more.