2013 Giles

"...beautifully perfumed nose of kirsch, crushed wild strawberries and violets with hints of lavender, cinnamon and roses."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com, June 2015

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Cherry red with garnet hues. The complex nose shows lifted aromas of black cherries, raspberries and cream, wild berries and herbaceous forest floor nuances with hints of rose-petal florals, cedar and clove spice. The stylish palate begins with sweet strawberry and wild berry fruits, which continue through layers of texture and balanced acidity, supported by elegant minerality and silky tannins for a beautifully long finish.

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Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% pinot noir grapes grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, planted over 25 years ago.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 20 February-12 March Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.69 | Acidity: 5.7 g/L |
Maturation Matured on lees in 28% new and 72% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills with the intention of planting varieties well suited to the cooler climate of the region. The vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage).


The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet. Lenswood does not give up her fruit easily but every now and then she tosses a furtive glance your way and delivers the unexpected. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.

Vintage 2013, 28 November 2014, Gold at Adelaide Hills Regional Wine Show 2014, South Australia

Vintage 2013. June 2015, Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Pale ruby-purple in colour, the 2013 Pinot Noir Giles has a beautifully perfumed nose of kirsch, crushed wild strawberries and violets with hints of lavender, cinnamon and roses. Medium-bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it offers great red fruit intensity supported by fine-grained tannins and nice freshness, finishing long. 91 points

Vintage 2012. 02 June 2015, Courier Mail, Des Houghton

In fine form. Particularly expressive. Sweet mint, lavender, various dried spice. Then, beneath, meaty berried oomph. Polished, pretty and substantial.

Vintage 2012, 01 Sep 2014, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion, Melbourne

...wave after wave of gorgeous aromatics of strawberries, with hints of crushed herbs and spices, followed by a rich palate of red currant and wild berry fruit flavours and silky tannins.

Vintage 2012. February 2014, Lisa Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com

Pale ruby-purple colored and endowed with a beautiful perfume of crushed red cherries, red currants, roses and violets plus hints of cinnamon stick and pepper, the light to medium-bodied 2012 Giles Pinot Noir is elegantly fruited in the mouth with a suggestion of finely grained tannins and lively acid to support the perfumed, red berry flavors. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2019+.

Vintage 2012. 20 February 2014, www.winefront.com.au

…It’s particularly fine form. It’s particularly expressive. Sweet mint,lavendar, various dried spice. Then, beneath, meaty berried oomph. It has plush fruit but there’s plenty of herb and floral and spice notes. A beautiful wine. Gorgeous acidity. Polished and pretty with no lack of substance. It’s so fresh and perfumed. It may well be the best of the Giles line. Indeed, I think it is.


Vintage 2012. 24 July 2013, Ross Noble, Mount Barker Courier

Bright crimson with ruby tints, the Giles pinot has perfumes of strawberry, red cherry and spice. The palate presents juicy berry flavours balanced by bracing natural acid and fine grained tannins in a lingering finish.

Vintage 2010 16 November 2011, Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury

From the Adelaide Hills and a wine of finesse from one of Australia's top-shelf producers. Polished and poised with almost 20 different components making up the final blend. Aromatic, tight and bright, cherry, strawberry and plum fruit flavours, spice and savoury characters, silken tannins. Drink with roast duck.

Vintage 2010. October 2011, Gary Walsh

Red cherries, spearmint, roses and subtle spice. Middle weight, lightly sappy and drying in the mouth with a minorly sour edge. Immediately impressed by the persistence and quality of the tannin on the finish. Oak is a part player and the fruit is articulate and pure. Stylish.

Vintage 2008. 4 December 2009, Rick Allen, Manly Daily, Sydney

Good pinot needs to tick a few boxes. A nice aromatic bouquet: this has beautifully fragrant violets and cherry - check. A silkiness in the mouth: it's finegrained and delicate, yet with intense richness of fruit - check. Complexity of flavours: there are layers of dark cherry and red berry flavours, some mint and mixed herbs - check. It's a ripper.

Vintage 2008. March 2010, WBM

The finest Pinot to emerge from the Henschke stable to date. It has a mix of foresty spice and bracken, some oak laid in neatly offering spice and further sweet fragrance. The palate has a wealth of fleshy fruit and ripe glossy tannins.

Vintage 2007. October 2013, Negociants USA,Napa,CA, Wine & Spirits

Prue and Stephen Henschke grow this savory, spicy pinot with a transparent scrim of raspberry flavor, a savory pinot noir without excess alcohol.

Vintage 2007. March 2009, Ray Jordan, West Australian

Plenty happening in this classy pinot from the steep slopes of Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard. Dark cherry and rhubarb-like aromas with a subtle smokiness. The palate is seamless and tightly wound with neatly infused oak, fine tannins and deep powerful fruit. Displays an appealing softness while having excellent cellaring potential with its structure. 91/100.

Vintage 2006. 15 October 2008 Issue, Harey Steiman, Wine Spectator

This red is light and lively, with pretty raspberry and strawberry fruit at the fore…long, vivid finish…90 points.

Vintage 2005. June 2007, Rick Allen, Ciao

This is lovely stuff. It is fine boned, almost delicate, but its smooth silky on the mouth and features that surprising length of flavour that good piont demands. The flavours are red cherry and plum with rose petal complexity. It needs time to open up, but is perfect if you are in the mood for something classy.

Vintage 2004. April 2006, Winewise

If you're a pinot noir purist, this wine will appeal to you. Served in a large format glass, the aromas are captivating and verge on the ethereal. Delicate red fruits merge seamlessly with new oak. The tannins are comparatively low key, yet provide an excellent backbone for the lingering varietal flavour. The acidity and the sheer life of this wine suggest that it is well worth cellaring. Highly Recommended.

Vintage 2004. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Spotlessly clean; fragrant, spicy, red and black fruit aromas; an elegant, cherry-accented palate; has poise and length. Rating 94/100.