2015 Green's Hill

"The flavours fill the mouth with an exultant display of all things citrus, the finish polished and freshened by the effortless natural acidity."
James Halliday, Wine Companion - Dec/Jan 2016
Pale gold with lime-green hues. Fragrant aromas of grapefruit and lemon grass with slatey mineral notes and perfumed citrus blossom florals. The concentrated palate shows layers of ripe citrus fruit, spice and lifted floral notes, with pure and tightly wound acidity that is beautifully structured for a long, fine, dry finish.

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2015 Green's Hill

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Vintage 2015
Grape Variety 100% riesling grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 6-11 March | Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 3.0 | Acidity: 6.71g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the delicate aromatic fruit characters.
Background Fifth-generation winemakers Stephen and Prue Henschke established their Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only magnificent views over the traditional vine country but also 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 riesling vineyard is planted on a perfect west facing slope on loam soil containing shale fragments. It was so named as it overlooks the apple orchards operated by the Green family since 1893.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage).


A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January, however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Lenswood vineyards.  By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties were in before Easter, moving on to the Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided classic Adelaide Hills expressions of riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing. 

Vintage 2015. 14 November 2015, Ray Jordan, Weekend West, Perth

From the Lenswood Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills and, in my tasting, only a whisker behind the Julius. A stunning wine of purity and clean minerally lines. A feature is the length on the palate, which is sustained by a balanced and delicately crisp acidity. Tart grapefruit and slatey characters add to the complexity. Will age for many years. 95/100

Vintage 2015. 25 October 2015, Mike Bennie, The WineFront

Great rieslings come from Henschke. This is no doubt. Faint citrussy whiffs with a touch of ginger, kaffir lime, tonic water. Attractive, ‘very riesling’ entry. Crisp, clean, tightly wound, imbued with delicate acidity and an ultra refreshing feel. Touches into green apple but sets itself off with citrus and slate-like mineral feel. A wine for acid hounds, but lovers of energetic, driving riesling. 92 points

Vintage 2015. 21 October 2015, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

A bright and flint-flecked riesling with green apple and citrus in the lemon spectrum driving the nose, some bath powdery perfume too; this has a terrific sense of vitality and freshness fuelled by the excellent 2015 vintage. The palate has a strong core of punchy acidity with crisp green apple flavor at the core, chalky taut finish, super dry. 93 points. Drink now.

Vintage 2014. 01 April 2015, James Halliday, Wine Companion

Stephen Henschke believes this is (arguably) the most complete Green's Hill Riesling made since the vines were planted almost 30 years ago. It has glorious aromatics and an envelope of citrus and apple fruit, but it is the almost explosive aftertaste built around the slatey/minerally spine of the palate that guarantees a sublime wine 10 years hence.

Vintage 2014. 03 February 2015, Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

Clean and crisp with more than enough flavour to satisfy. This is elegant and easy-going with a burst of lime rind to close. Soft, sweet apple characters to the mid-palate are a feature. 92 points

Vintage 2014. 22 November 2014, Weekend Australian

This riesling has an utterly beguiling combination of flavour and delicacy, which in turn translates into balance and intensity as you are drawn back again and again to the lime and lemon fruit; crisp, minerally acidity draws out the finish and lengthens the aftertaste. 96 points

Vintage 2013. 1 February 2014, Mike Bennie,WBM Magazine

The Henschke Riesling suite is proving to be formidable with back -to- back superb releases from this wine included. It's supple, soft acidity, flavoursome, refreshing and complex with mouthwatering fruit character and minerality-like steel and slate. Fantastic.

Vintage 2013. 1 January 2014, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

2013 Henschke lenswood Green’s Hill has an intense lime aroma while retaining delicacy. The palate follows through great depth, but with finesse. De Garis agreed, telling us “the standout in this bracket for me. Fine and floral, with a zingy, slightly chalky texture. A trace of sweetness. Wonderful length.” There’s potential for several years of development and greater complexity.

Vintage 2012. December 2012, Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au

Restrained citrus and apple aromas, touch of pot pourri, hint of lemongrass. Zesty and fresh across the palate with some gentle phenolic tug and a touch of slate in acidity – it drags citrus/apple flavours long, pure and gently across the palate. Subdued, but good to drink, refreshing the palate as it goes and leaving a rolling, mouthwatering tang through the lingering finish. Love that sour pucker. Drink in youth I reckon. Enlivening.

Vintage 2009. October 2010, Martin Field, E-vine

2009 Green’s Hill Riesling, pale, with a steely citrus bouquet and a full-on palate with notes of lime and lemon marmalade.

Vintage 2009. March 2010, Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review

A lot of people drink more whites from Henschke despite their greater fame for reds, perhaps knowing the same vineyard and winemaking care goes into these wines, which are frankly bargains.

This is from a mature Lenswood vineyard and it catches attention immediately with green highlights in amongst the bright pale yellow - usually a reliable sign of both concentration and a long life ahead. The current characters of citrus - to me a little more of grapefruit than lemon or lime - and a very fine dry, almost to chalky, flavour profile is suggestive of a "winemaker's wine".

Vintage 2008. 11-12 July 2009, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian

For inexplicable reasons, this wine stands in the shadow of the Julius Eden Valley Riesling, when it should stand alongside. It is clean and crisp, with a strong structural underlay courtesy of minerally-flinty notes alongside zesty, citrusy acidity; it has very good length and a long life ahead. Rating 95/100

Vintage 2007. January 2008, Nick Stock, WBM Magazine

Sourced from the cool elevated Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, this has a fine precise nose, sweet lime blossom, mixed citrus and florals. Leaves traces of crisp apply flavour in the mouth and fine direct acidity.

Vintage 2005. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Bright green-yellow; spotlessly clean, powerful and somewhat introspective on the bouquet; citrus, passionfruit and mineral all power-up on the finish. Rating 94/100.

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

Very rich, opulent, lime juice aromas; backs off slightly on the palate, no bad thing; still flooded with flavour and immediate appeal. Rating 94/100.