2014 Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with green hues. A fragrant and lifted bouquet of citrus blossom, citrus fruits, gooseberry and tropical fruits with notes of anise, white pepper and fresh tarragon. The fresh and vibrant palate shows concentrated citrus and stone-fruit flavours, with pure acidity and balance for a crisp, fine and long finish.

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2014 Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2014 vintage began with the winery coming alive to the fragrant aromas of fermentation. But what a year we’ve had! This year, the moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed...until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory. This taste of hell ended in the wettest February in 44 years - all in 48 hours, when we received between 115 and 150mm of rain. Fortunately, Eden Valley and the Adelaide Hills were still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The yields appeared depressingly minuscule, due to a severe black frost in spring and cold windy weather during flowering in early December. Early picks of semillon and shiraz after the heat wave were in response to vine stress. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on other early vintage varieties, riesling in Eden Valley and pinot noir at Lenswood. Mild weather with cold dewy mornings and windy days prevailed. Disease pressure increased as March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the solstice. It was indeed a late vintage and also resulted in one of our longest vintages. The picking of Eden Valley cabernet and Lenswood merlot brought the season to a close at the beginning of May, where skilled vineyard teams played a critical role by hand selecting and picking the best quality fruit during the onset of rain and cold wintery weather. In summary, a challenging season with good quality but very low yields.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2014
Grape Variety 100% sauvignon blanc grown on Henschke’s Archer’s Vineyard at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 25 March-8 April | Alcohol: 13% | pH: 3.1 | Acidity: 6.8g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage (no oak or tank maturation) to preserve the wine’s aromatic fruit characters.
Background This sauvignon blanc is a tribute to the historic Coralinga homestead and apple orchard that was destroyed by bushfires in the early 1900s. The homestead was situated close by Henschke’s Lenswood property in the heart of the South Mount Lofty Ranges. At 550m, Lenswood has higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The exotic aromatic qualities of the sauvignon blanc reflect the exceptional site of these vineyards and the suitability of this variety to the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills region.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 5+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2013. 17 April 2014, Ray Jordan, West Australian

This is a light and tropical style of savvy with some distinctive snow pea and canned-pea characters. Quite clean and pure with a crisp, clean finish. Some phenolic edge on the palate. It’s a nice wine. Has a slightly slaty character on the palate, with a longish palate finish. Has good texture and finish to it.

Vintage 2013. 9 April 2014, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Subtitled with its specific subdistrict of Lenswood, this all-sauvignon beauty has its typical tropical bouquet. But it is more restrained than many with prettier, savoury elements adding finer and tighter aromatics that flow on to the palate as well think lime zest and kitchen herbals. And again the textural feel has a crunchy acidity that evolves to stone, slate and minerals in the finish. Excellent.

Vintage 2012. April/May 2014, James Halliday, Wine Companion

Pale straw-green; a seductively crafted sauvignon blanc, with its seamless mix of grassy/herbal/tropical passionfruit aromas and flavours, and in particular its crisp, crunchy, lively finish...

Vintage 2012. September 2013, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

A crisp, racy wine with freshness and vitality. Nettle, radish and pepper aromas and the taste is crisp and dry with refreshing acidity. Lean and refined with good length. The varietal character is subtle compared with its Kiwi cousins, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Drink now 12.5 per cent alcohol.

Vintage 2010. January 2012, Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times

Bright crunchy and fresh. It's like a mouthful of red delicious apples and guava juice. It also has a clean dry finish

Vintage 2010. April 2011, Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury

Bursting with sweet, aromatic passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours, vibrant acidity, freshly cut grass characters and a crisp, clean finish.

Vintage 2010. May 2011, West Australian

It’s restrained and pure with a keen minerally thread. This was an early vintage in the Adelaide Hills, so the acid is finer and crisp, providing an excellent backbone and lifted thread.

Vintage 2010. June 2011,Tyson Stelzer, WBM Wine 100

Coralinga leads out confident, extroverted, zesty and fruity, then switches mode to more serious and contemplative. Structure, honed and mineral.

Vintage 2009. September 2009, Nick Stock, Wine 100

Fresh herbs and bright citrus, an all-round set of Hills Sauvignon characters with decent intensity. The palate has bracing tangy acidity and a really crisp, assertive side to it. Nice concentration here, this has really punchy appeal. 92 Points.

Vintage 2007. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2009

Clean, fresh aromas of citrus blossom and passionfruit; builds nicely on the palate and fruit driven finish. 94 points.

Vintage 2007. October 2008, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Vivid lemon and lime aromas are complemented by fresh-cut grass and pungent herbs, with a suave mineral undertone. Clean and brisk, with nervy citrus and underripe melon flavours giving way to orange and pear with air. Manages to be racy and seductive at once, finish with bright minerality and very good length.

Vintage 2006. February 2007, Jeremy Oliver, Wine Star

The bouquet is exotic with lifted zesty gooseberry notes, tropical monstera and fejoa fruit with lantana, grassiness, mineral and mussel shell hints. The rich crisp palate shows, nice minerality and excellent intensity and length, excellent vintage.

Vintage 2005. July 2006, Australian Gourmet Wine Traveller

An impressive wine arguably Henschke's best sauvignon yet, with pungent herbal, pepper, lime juice, lightly sweaty aromas. The powerful palate has unusual concentration and length for this variety. Clean,dry finish. Lovely.

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

2004 Coralinga is a zesty, medium-bodied effort displaying notes of figs, melons, and freshly mowed grass in a tart, lemony personality.