2012 Mount Edelstone Shiraz 60th Anniversary Vintage

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Deep crimson with garnet hues. This stunning 60th vintage has incredibly fragrant aromas of ripe plum, blue and black berry fruits, spice, sage and fresh bay leaf with notes of tar and cedar. These aromas follow through to the palate with rich, complex, concentrated dark fruits, spice and herbaceous nuances, tightly wound balanced acidity, textured layers and fine, long velvety tannins.

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2012 Mount Edelstone Shiraz 60th Anniversary Vintage

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The La Niña pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall. July was the driest since the serious drought of 2003. Spring was mild with few frost events; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to only average yields. Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. This provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, high colour figures, high acidity and mature tannins. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines; ie, keeping leaves active at veraison and ripening. Temperatures were mild during harvest through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, allowing for a long window of picking and amazing maturities with the red varieties. Shiraz was a standout variety showing great purity and spice, colour, intensity and strikingly mature tannins. Yields were average with exceptional overall quality.

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Vintage 2012
Grape Variety 100% 100-year-old single-vineyard shiraz grapes grown in the Eden Valley wine region.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 17-29 March | Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.56 | Acidity: 6.5g/L
Maturation Matured in 87% French and 13% American (32% new, 68% seasoned) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background The Mount Edelstone vineyard, situated in the Eden Valley, was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, who founded South Australia. Unusual for its time, it was planted solely to shiraz. The ancient 500-million-year-old soils on the vineyard are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from the nearly 100-year-old dry-grown ungrafted Centenarian vines. First bottled as a single-vineyard wine in 1952, it became recognised as one of Australia’s greatest shiraz wines.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 25+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2010. February 2014, Lisa Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Mount Edelstone is a single-vineyard Shiraz showing a little reticent at this youthful stage, though it gives delicate black and red fruit aromas that fan out with air to reveal kirsch, red currant jelly, mulberries and Chinese Five Spice notes alongside hints of dusty earth and potpourri. The palate is led by its commendable structure at this stage, with firm, grainy tannins and very lively acid to support the tight-knit fruit. It finishes long and layered. Consider drinking this 2016 to 2026+. 97+ points

Vintage 2010. 16 November 2013, Weekend Australian

Bright crimson -purple; so perfectly balanced and composed, its latent power may not be realised; black and red cherry fruits at its heart are made more complex by lesser notes of plum and blackberry; the tannins are superb, the oak of high quality, and totally integrated on the very long, silky finish. Outstanding medium -bodied shiraz. 97 Points

Vintage 2010. 25 July 2013, Campbell Mattinson, www.thewinefront.com

Succulent. Substantial. And beautiful. Blueberries, violets, red and black berries, mint. Clip of cedary oak. Gamey tannin. Eucalypt through the finish. Some seaweedy nori aromatics. Firm drying tannin. Big Australian, you could call it. You wouldn’t want to be eucalypt intolerant but with all that fruit and tannin you’d back it as a firm favourite for the cellar. Smooth, bright, bold but firm.

Vintage 2010. 1 August 2013, Australian Gourmet Traveller

... the 2010 Edelstone is particularly exciting, with sinewy dark fruit, damp black earth and great vitality.

Vintage 2010. 1 July 2013, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

A wonderful wine with superbly detailed fragrance. Foresty, spicy, earthy aromas with sage-like dried herbs, pepper and a hint of mint. The depth of flavour, intensity and structure are impressive. A magical wine.

Vintage 2009. October 2013, Gregory Dal Piaz, www.snooth.com

Ripe and peppery on the nose with rich aromas of road tar and caramel accenting the core of spicy wild blackberry fruit and all topped with noticeable smoky oak. This is balanced if rich with a chewy core though it is finely balanced with suave tannins and integrated acids supporting lots of plummy and slightly pruny fruit, A bit lean and tight on the midpalate, this turns slightly herbal and spicy on the finish, which adds some nice detail. A big, young wine but one that is obviously well crafted and fairly elegant.

Vintage 2009. 29 March 2013, Dr. Peter Hay, Medical Observer

An outstanding wine, multilayered, complex with ripe plush fruit redolent of blackberries and blackcurrant. The structure is seamless with wonderful length and just about the sexiest tannins your tongue is ever going to experience.

Vintage 2009. December 2012, Winsor Dobbins, Wine Magazine

A single vineyard shiraz with a pedigree that dates back to 1952, this is a stunning wine from an outstanding vintage in Eden Valley - and made by a stellar team. It's blush with an array of dark fruit notes, pepper, spice and soft tannins on a very long finish. Drink now or cellar: it's a sure bet either way

 

Vintage 2009. 13 December 2012, Tony Love, Herald Sun

Henschke Mt Edelstone Shiraz is one extraordinary red wine from a century old vineyard that this revered family estate winery has treasured and turned into the most gloriously layered and elegant drink. Anyone who appreciates the finest things in life will swoon.

 

Vintage 2009. 3 November 2012, Wining Pom

It has the poise of dark berries, with chocolate and peppery spice and there’s notes of dried herbs too, a suggestion of nutmeg and cinnamon. The palate is where the magic happens, it engulfs the mouth with such genuinely expressive texture, it glosses silkily across the tongue leaving traces of dark fruits and spice, makes it’s mark with seamless tannins and acids that are firm but not invasisve. Perfect balance makes this glorious Shiraz fun to drink or contemplate over. I’m smitten. Rating 95+.

Vintage 2009. 02 November 2012, Angus Hughson, The Australian

Mount Edelstone is never the biggest or boldest of South Australian shiraz but it makes up for it with sheer grace and fruit complexity. The 2009 is a triumph that shows waves of vibrant mulberry, earthy spice, mushroom and faintly floral aromatics encased in a succulent, dry, mid-weight palate backed by powdery tannins. Young and moreish, it will become something very special over the next 20 years.

Vintage 2009. 29 October 2012, Gary Walsh www.winefront.com.au

Blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant, sage and menthol, vanilla and chocolate with a suggestion of truffles buried beneath. Complex and layered with a sweep of plush, silky tannin that caresses the mouth–creamy almost–and just above medium bodied, the balance and pitch of it all just so. Sweetly fruited as a young wine, but not overly so, and there’s plenty of adult coffee grounds and spice to level it off. Super length of flavour. It’s a pretty high level Mount Edelstone. Rating 96 points

Vintage 2008. November 2011, Daily Telegraph

Glorious spice and licorice layers woven into spot-on ripe shiraz fruit.

Vintage 2007. May 1-2 2010, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine

Vivid colour; it has a rich and deep bouquet with licorice, spice, tar and black fruit aromas; the palate extremely rich and complex, layered fruit with plush tannins, yet is supple; very long finish to an outstanding ’07 wine. Rating: 95 points.

Vintage 2006. 11-12 July 2009, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian

Mount Edelstone may not set hearts racing in the same way as Hill of Grace, but it was the first label for Henschke with the '52 vintage, Hill of Grace following in '58, and is a great wine in its own right. Deep purple-crimson; the bouquet is intense and full of spicy black fruits accurately foretelling the power and purity of the palate; this is an outstanding Mount Edelstone. Indeed, I cannot remember any better than this; it has the focus and structure to guarantee a 30-year future. Alas, it will long outlive me. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating: 96. Drink: to 2036. Price: $99.

Vintage 2005. 15 October 2008 Issue, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

Polished…gorgeous red cherry, pomegranate and mint flavors…92 points.

Vintage 2005. 30 April 2008, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

A cracker of a single-vineyard shiraz, fragrant beyond expectation, spicy with faint lifts of vanilla and sweet red to purple fruits, then sage and bay and sweet cedary hints in tune behind. In the mouth, there's plenty of all that but magnified, fleshy fruit dominant, exciting interplays, come-again drinkability through its sensible tannin structures. Seductive.

Vintage 2004. February 2008, Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirit

Bottled under screwcap, this wine is starved for oxygen when first opened, but it doesn't take long for the fruit character to lengthen out, its flavours ranging from persimmon to something blacker and rooty. The supple texture is the center of the wine's beauty for now, the flavours needing time to develop. For the cellar. Rating 92/100.

Vintage 2003. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Good colour; has structure and focus with red and blackberry fruit; good spice and length, exemplary oak and tannins. A raucous return to top form. Rating 95/100.

Vintage 2002. Autumn 2014, Selector Magazine

This 50th anniversary vintage of the legendary Mount Edelstone displays rich, intense, plum, fruitcake, chocolate and herb aromas. The bold, complex palate presents developed plum, chocolate and vanilla characters. Long and soft, it has silky, cedary tannins and balanced acidity. A luscious, luscious wine.

Vintage 2002. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Clean blackberry, plum and a touch of prune on the bouquet; the palate utterly belies the alcohol, with a cascade of black fruits and spices; very good oak and tannin management. Rating 96/100.

Vintage 1996. 15 October 2008 Issue, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

…a wine of poise and intrigue for the way it balances its rich fruit and earthy, meaty character on a supple texture.

Vintage 2001. April 2004, Campbell Mattinson

Very classy wine-intense, distinctive, fruit-saturated and floral, with lots of length, tannin, highly defined fruit and very little obvious oak. It's a return to red-wine form. Plum, prune, violets ans a toe-lick of vanilla.

Vintage 2000. November 2003, Philip White, Australia’s Top 100 Wines

Oakey and spicy, but jumping with bright life, this vibrant, saucy wine shows intense mint and fennel top notes over its dense blackberry and prune fruit. It has perfectly balanced velvet tannins in a long, reluctant finish.

Vintage 1999. June 2002, Philip White, The Advertiser

This is a most Australian wine, with the dust of the outback seeming to simmer in its distance. But it's just a baby, fragrant and elegant, with high notes of roses, mid-tones of red and black currant and, to complement that dusty base, the sniff of polished leather. The mid-palate is silky, intense and slick but is quickly overwhelmed by a rise of bone-dry tannin, which will ensure a huge future in the cellar. The finish is typical Barossan chocolate.

Vintage 1998. February 2002, Lubiana Steve, Winewise

Henschke Mount Edelstone is a concentrated black fruits and spicy wine with great refreshment and no cloy despite its power. Leather and spice plus exotics of hung game with hints of tar and the beginnings of its trade mark musky violets. Outstanding.

Vintage 1998. December 2001, Sally Marden, Australian Gourmet Wine Traveller

Old vine shiraz that is deep, rich and concentrated, and finely structured. Plum and dark fruit characters meld with intense spice and savoury complexity. Heavenly.

Vintage 1993. June 1996, Harvey Steinman Wine Spectator

Luxuriant, opulent, heady, showing spicy plum, blackberry, cherry and gently peppery aromas and flavours that swirl harmoniously and echo long and sweet on the supple finish. Still youthful, this Australian red is already expertly balanced and poised to improve.

Vintage 1992. April 2002, Stuart Gregor, Good Taste

It was sublime, the perfect wine. Seductively smooth, alluring, showing great depth, complexity and character.

Vintage 1978. November 2001, Simon Woods, Weekend Financial Times

The dense chocolatey Mount Edelstone, testimony to how well the wines will age.