2010 Keyneton Euphonium

"....velvety texture,blackcurrant pastille and mulberry flavours and lingers lush and long."
Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine, 1 June 2013
Deep red magenta in colour. An intense nose of dark forest fruits, plums, dried herbs and spices with hints of anise, cassis and cedar. The concentrated palate is lush and rich showing bright fruit characters; nicely textured with velvety tannins, elegant structure and long a finish.

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2010 Keyneton Euphonium

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The 2010 growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall. Spring was mild with little frost damage and gave us an even budburst. The weather remained cold and wet through spring, which held back growth until a two-week high 30s heat wave in November affected flowering and fruit set. Spring rains continued into early summer right through until mid-December, making it the wettest year since 2005. The vines responded to the heat and grew vigorously until early January, developing lush canopies, but bunch development suffered as a result. A roller-coaster ride of heat spikes and cool changes continued through a warm summer with occasional thunderstorms. The vines went through veraison a week earlier than 2009. Lower yields coupled with the mild ripening period resulted in concentrated fruit. Vintage began a week earlier than 2009 and was in full swing by mid-February. The white vintage was all but finished a month later while the red harvest continued with deeply coloured, well-balanced grapes being picked during mild, dry conditions until the end of April.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2010
Grape Variety 70% shiraz, 18% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).
Technical Details Harvest Date: March-14 April Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.59 | Acidity: 6.5 g/L |
Maturation Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned French and 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.