In the Bottle
|Grape Variety||100% 97-year-old-vine shiraz grapes grown in the Eden Valley wine region.|
|Technical Details||Harvest Date: 23-28 March Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.54 | Acidity: 5.76 g/L ||
|Maturation||Matured in 76% French (66% new, 34% seasoned) and 24% new American hogsheads for 21 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, the vineyard was planted solely to shiraz in ancient 55 million-year-old soils which are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from nearly 96-year-old dry-grown ungrafted 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, 20+ years (from vintage).|
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. 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. 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.