In the Bottle
|Grape Variety||100% old-vine shiraz grown in the Barossa (Barossa and Eden Valley).|
|Technical Details||Harvest Date: 3-28 March Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.44 | Acidity: 6.62 g/L ||
|Maturation||Matured in 45% new and 55% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.|
|Background||The Barossa has a core of traditional growers of Lutheran descent dating back five generations, staunchly continuing the traditions of their forebears. Occasionally, one or two parcels of fruit of overwhelming quality come over the weighbridge; this is one suchexample. The 50-year-old, low-yielding vines are growing in low-fertility Neoproterozoic soils more than 542 million years old, ranging from terra rossa to red-brown earths. The fully ripe black shiraz grapes were sourced from three grower vineyards in Tappa Pass, Light Pass and Eden Valley and were vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.|
|Cellaring Potential||Exceptional vintage, 25+ years (from vintage).|
Vintage 2007. 2011, Winsor Dobbin, Travel and Living
This is a big wine by Henschke standards with ripe, ultra-concentrated fruit along with complexity, density and extremely soft tannins. It’s a wine of depth; black, lush, chocolatey and inky, with glorious sweet fruit and layer upon layer of flavor.
Vintage 2006. October 2009, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
Focused and distinctive for its supple texture and play of flavours, with raspberry, red cherry, blackberry, mint and cream. 95 points.
Vintage 2006. 15 September 2009, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
Lithe, focused and distinctive for its supple texture and wide play of flavour, hitting raspberry, red cherry, blackberry, mint and cream notes along the way as this heads into a long, expressive finish.
Vintage 2005. July 2008, Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator Insider
Smooth and silky. The flavours center on mocha, mint and dark chocolate around a core of black cherry, lingering effortlessly on the long, expressive finish. 91 points.
Vintage 2005. James Halliday Wine Companion 2009
An oaky bouquet, but with succulent red berry fruits and a cool spicy edge; quite tannic and rich, with a savoury persistence to the finish. 91 points.
Vintage 2003. May 2007, Huon Hooke, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
This is the second vintage of an amazing new red wine from Henschke sourced from old vines of growers at Tappa Pass. The 2003 has a fragrant ripeness, intense blackberry jam, cassis and dark plum flavours, and is seductively fleshy with fine, slippery tannins.
Vintage 2002. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
Highly charged and fragrant blackberry, licorice and prune aromas; lots of dark chocolate joins in on the palate, with very good French oak in support. A particularly auspicious debut. Rating 95/100.
Vintage 2002. February 2006, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald
A new wine, 2002 Tappa Pass Shiraz , is one of the most exciting wines of the past year: a sumptuous, spicy/meaty, blackberry-flavoured wine that is so complex it's hard to describe.