|Grape Variety||79% merlot and 21% cabernet sauvignon grapes grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.|
|Technical Details||Harvest Date: 11-18 April | Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.51 | Acidity: 6.58g/L|
|Maturation||Matured in 32% new and 68% 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).|
Vintage 2012. 21 October 2015, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
A cool-climate Claret of sorts, this Adelaide Hills blend of merlot (79%) and cabernet sauvignon (21%) is in great form, this vintage with bright mulberry and red plum fruits laced with cassis and blueberry, gently leafy, really bright, vibrant and gently spiced with one-third new and the remainder seasoned oak. The palate has a succulent and concentrated style to it, tannins are fine and whilst really a medium-bodied wine, this has plenty of power. The red plum and mulberry flavors run long and even, a lick of toasty oak warms the finish, terrific wine with poise, power and elegance. Approachable now but best from 2018. 96 points.
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. 1 June 2014, James Halliday, Wine Companion
A 68/32% blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon with excellent colour, open-fermented in the square vats Henschke uses for all their red wines, and matured in French oak. It is an elegant and precise wine, with cassis fruit on a foundation of firm, but not dry or abrasive, tannins. Will age with guaranteed charm. 93 Points
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.