2010 Abbotts Prayer

'One of the Henschke elites...Pure purple berry and plum fruits with lifts of violets and cassis and blue berry florals...Most impressive.'
Tony Love, Hobart Mercury ,22 April 2014

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2010 Abbotts Prayer

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Vintage 2010
Grape Variety 68% merlot and 32% cabernet sauvignon grapes grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 7-14 April | Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.49 | Acidity: 6.8g/L
Maturation Matured in 75% new and 25% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue selected Lenswood in 1981 as a new vineyard site, just 50km from the ancient Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards in the Eden Valley. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views toward the old vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. The property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyards in the area originally known as Abbotts Flat, was established in the late 1800s and pioneered by the first settler, T N Mitchell.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage).


The 2010 Adelaide Hills vintage received above average winter rainfall. A two-week heat wave experienced across South Australia in November had less impact on the vines in the Adelaide Hills, as it was less severe and occurred pre-flowering. Rain continued through until midsummer and was recorded as one of the wettest seasons for many years. Like Eden Valley, the vintage in the Hills was a week earlier than 2009. Powdery mildew was more prevalent due to the very humid conditions experienced throughout the summer, which was a good test for the organic and biodynamic strategies. The earlier vintage without the extremes in temperature produced high quality fruit with great flavour and fine acids, but did affect the quantity with average yields.

Vintage 2010. 02 June 2015, Des Houghton, Courier Mail

This is already a thrilling wine, a powerful, attention-seeking red with multiple layers of fruit flavour.

Vintage 2010. 03 February 2015, Campbell Mattinson, www.thewinefront.com.au

Merlot-cabernet blend out of the Adelaide Hills – the region seen, by some in the Henschke family, as the future heart of Henschke wine. Blend of merlot (68%) and cabernet sauvignon. Fragrant and awash with ripe fruit but sinewy and grassy through the finish. Plenty to enjoy up-front but all the right ingredients to age well. Tobacco, dust, gravel and a luscious mix of boysenberry and blackcurrant. (Dark) chocolatey oak. Almost guaranteed to perform well in the cellar.

Vintage 2010. 1 August 2014,Tyson Stelzer, WBM

Cabernet is up to almost one-third of the blend to balance the warm 2010 season. The result is elegant, vibrant and medium-bodied yet full and fleshy. Cabernet lends impressive support of finely textured, peppery tannins.

Vintage 2010. 22 April 2014, Tony Love, Hobart Mercury

One of the Henschke elites, this is a merlot (68%) and cabernet sauvignon blend (32%) that highlights its dominant grape via all the most desirable characters: pure purple berry and plum fruits with lifts of violets and cassis and blue berry florals, a typically fleshy weight in the mouth building structure and a wonderfully satisfying minerally texture in the finish. Most impressive.

Vintage 2009. 6 May 2013, www.winingpom.com.au

Lots of spicy plum , damson, dark chocolate and lots of bright red fruit with great structure, and balanced tannins that lend great weight. Nicely concentrated on the finish.

Vintage 2008. April 2011, Ralph Kyte-Powel, The Age

It’s an elegant wine with a core of subtle red berry, redcurrant, cedar and dried herby notes. The silky, almost delicate palate is fragrantly seductive, lingering and very poised.

Vintage 2008. July 2011, Drinks Trade

Combines the spicy flavours, violets and plum characters of merlot and the dusty, fine-grained tannins and length of palate of cabernet sauvignon.

Vintage 2008. July 2011, Sally Gudgeon, Qantas The Australian Way

On the nose are violets, exotic spice and mulberries. The palate has fleshy fruit flavours backed with ripe tannins and lipsmacking acidity.

Vintage 2005. 11 June 2008, Tony Love, The Advertiser

A 64/36 per cent blend of cool Hills merlot and cabernet sauvignon, the pairing shows good balance underneath a concentrated blackberry, plum, violet aromatic top side. It feels a bit of a sleeper at the moment, but has genuine power and a twist of spicy oak for an exotic edge in the finish. 91 points.

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

Ripe dark berry aromas display good freshness and are complemented by smoky minerals, fresh rose and cured tobacco. A suave vanilla note gains momentum with air and carries onto the palate, which shows vivid black raspberry and cassis character. Finishes sweet and silky, with excellent spicy persistence.

Vintage 2005. February 2008, Tony Love, The Adelaide Review

Plenty of mulberry and poached plum aromas, some fragrant lift and cabernet cassis, ripe but cooly restrained, it will cellar well. A little earthy stony edge, fresh cut oak soaked deep into the fruit with smart cedary complexity. A solid core of flavour wrapped into chewy tannins, finished balanced and silky with a faint echo of oak char.

Vintage 2003. July 2009, David Sly, SA Life

Layered complexity of a bouquet rich in violets, mulberries, cedar and fruit cake…this wine achieves a lush meld of complementary flavours…giving superb depth and structure to a palate that is bound by fine-grained tannins and bright acid...

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

Clearly delineated varietal character with a mix of red berries, olive, leaf, spice and herb; good mouthfeel and length. Rating 92/100.

Vintage 2001. December 2006, Peter Forrestal, Qantas The Australian Way

One of this wines outstanding features is its evocative fragrance of violets and summer forests. A wine of finesse with layers of flavours and fine tannins.