2012 Tilly's Vineyard

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Pale straw in colour with lime hues. Fragrant aromas of perfumed florals, almond and citrus blossoms with lifted nuances of gooseberry, fejoa, white peach and lemon grass. The palate is soft and rich with a creamy mouthfeel, layers of passsionfruit, lychee and fruit salad flavours and a long, crisp finish.

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2012 Tilly's Vineyard

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In Eden Valley the La Niña pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall, with the driest July since 2003. Spring was mild with few frosts; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to average yields. The beginning of the Adelaide Hills 2012 vintage also saw below average rainfall through a cold winter season and a mild spring, with below average rainfall resulting in an early budburst. Flowering and fruit set were affected by persistent early morning fogs and drizzly weather, which led to a reduction in crop with smaller bunches. Summer in both regions was mild with average temperatures influenced by moderating 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 encouraged intense fruit flavours, high natural acidity and good balance. Rainfall leading into 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 through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, providing a long window of picking, finishing at the Lenswood vineyard on April 20.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2012
Grape Variety A blend of 40% semillon, 23% sauvignon blanc, 17% riesling 14% pinot gris and 6% chardonnay grown in Eden Valley and Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 27 February-21 March | Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 3.15 | Acidity: 6.53g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the wine’s fragrant characteristics.
Background This attractive, fragrant blend is named as a tribute to great-aunt Ottilie Mathilde ‘Tilly’ Henschke, one of the many remarkable women of the era where daily life was a far cry from the ease of today.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 10+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2013. 20 April 2014, Sunday Examiner

This is a remarkable good wine for the price-arguably one of Australia’s best white wine bargains. It’s a blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris and gewürztraminer —unusual but extremely successful. It’s a fruitdriven aromatic offering with crunchy acidity, beguiling tropical and stone fruit flavours and the whole is more than the sum of its parts with far more texture and mouthfeel than many of its contemporaries, maybe thanks to just a smidgen of oak.

Vintage 2013. 17 April 2014, Ray Jordan, West Australian

This is a terrific value-for-money wine that is just hitting the shops now. If it’s not in then ask them to get some. This is an Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley blend. Chardonnay and pinot gris have been added to the traditional semillon and sauvignon blanc blend with a splash of gewurztraminer to add complexity and texture. It gets some oak but not much. Attractive fruit with a lovely texture and fruit-driven quality on the palate. It’s quite a departure from the old wood-matured, semillon-dominant style. Texturally very good, with lifted high-end aromatics. Great value at this price.

Vintage 2013. 9 April 2014, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Much more than just a sauvignon blanc (34%) and semillon (20%) blend, with significant portions of chardonnay, riesling and pinot gris, plus a small splash of gewurztraminer adding their personalities to this wonderfully fragrant wine. Tropically inclined to begin, then deeper stone fruits and freshly cut apple later when its textural presence and fresh, crunchy finish add to its highlights.

Vintage 2011. 15 May 2013, Peter Chapman, Daily Mercury

Honeysuckle and tropical flavours cascade out of the bottle. Nice everyday quaffing wine providing great value.

Vintage 2011. 19 January 2013, Tony Love, The Advertiser

Combines (Adelaide) Hills and Eden Valley grapes (semillon, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and chardonnay) into a delicately herbal tinged stone-fruit salad style

Vintage 2010. 21 August 2012, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs NT

The wine’s sweet fruit and crunchy apple textured palate is wonderfully suited for seafood and has a crisp finish.

Vintage 2010. 9 December 2011, Sydney GP Dr Peter May, Medical Observer

Better known for their stellar reds, Prue and Stephen Henschke are dab hands at producing aromatic fruit-driven whites too. Blending semillon, sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris may seem like quite a challenge but not for this outfit the result being a fruit-laden, textured and refreshing drop which is best drunk chilled.

Vintage 2010. 7 June 2011, Ian MacTavish, Better Homes & Gardens

‘A thrilling blend of five white varieties from top South Australian vineyards. Lively aromatic nose, stone-fruit flavours – a zesty, fresh mouthful.’

Vintage 2010. August 2011, James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

‘...pleasantly mouthfilling and nicely balanced.’

Vintage 2008. 21 December 2011, Peter Chadman, Morning Bulletin

‘This is a wine with a difference, which is probably understandable considering the blend of four different varieties. It has that citrus bite and would be ideal with Asian foods.’

Vintage 2008. March 2011, WBM

‘A very consistent blended white, this joins the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa together via Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The result is a handsomely fruited white that will please all comers.’

Vintage 2007. September 2008, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

'Light, bright gold. Yellow plum, pear and wet stones on the nose, with a subtle floral quality adding complexity. Dry and focused, offering firm lime and dried orchard fruit flavors, along with anise and a bitter quinine note. Leaves nervy mineral and citrus qualities behind a moderately long, brisk finish.’

Vintage 2006. 2009 Edition, James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

‘Generously endowed...for simple enjoyment with food.’

Vintage 2005. 1 March 2007, Vintage Cellars

‘A lovely refreshing wine that likes an each-way bet. The Semillon provides citrus and honey with lovely fruit weight to fill out the palate, a splash of Chardonnay gives floral lift and perfume while Sauvignon Blanc provides natural acidity, fresh herbs and tropical fruit. What a mix. What a blend. What a wine!’

Vintage 2005. 19 July 2006, Tony Love, The Advertiser

A 55-25-20 per cent blend of semillon, chardonnay and savvy blanc puts you among the smells of a rainforest, with some tropical fruits and a crisp zing around the mouth. Easy and friendly.

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

Fresh, clean grassy/ spicy/citrussy: light on its feet, as it should be. Best yet under this label. Rating 89/100