2014 Lenswood Green's Hill Riesling

Pale yellow-green in colour. Delicate, fragrant aromas of floral citrus blossom, lemon sherbet, white currant and white peach with a hint of lime zest and green apple notes. The focused palate shows layers of zesty lime and lemon intensity supported by slatey notes and a tight mineral backbone, with very pure, crisp acidity and a long, fine, dry finish.

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2014 Lenswood Green's Hill Riesling

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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.

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Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% riesling grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 1-3 April | Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 2.96 | Acidity: 7.1g/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 or-chards operated by the Green family since 1893.
Cellaring Potential Great vintage, 20+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2013. 1 February 2014, 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.