The Wheelwright Shiraz 2017 - Henschke

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The Wheelwright Shiraz 2017


95 points, “The epitome of elegance with its sheen of silky, pure red fruits and lissom acidity, in 2017 this Eden Valley Shiraz is closer to Adelaide Hills geographically and in spirit. Medium-bodied, the beguiling strawberry and plum palate is delicately scented with pink peppercorn, coltsfoot, pine needle and black pepper. Subtle undertones of moss, twig and wattleseed draw you in further. Drinking beautifully now, with soft grainy tannins to the finish and lingering spice.” – Decanter 

18.5+ points, “This is the first release of The Wheelright, named after Johann Christian Henschke, the founding father and first-generation winemaker at Henschke. A skilled stonemason and wheelwright, I imagine he would be pretty chuffed to taste this wine and learn that the sixth generation of Henschkes is currently driving this business forwards at a gathering momentum… Vital, sonorous and energetic, while you can drink it today, I anticipate it will hold for two decades, such is the intricacy of its tannins and the crispness of the acidity on the finish.” – Matthew Jukes

The Wheelwright is an old-vine Shiraz from a biodynamic vineyard that was planted in 1968 in the picturesque Eden Valley. As Matthew Jukes notes, it’s a tribute to the founding father of Henschke, who established the winery a century before those vines were planted. The vineyard is higher and wetter than most of the others in the Henschke estate, which creates a less weighty rendition of Shiraz that tintinnabulates with high notes and dazzling elegance. Driven by red fruits rather than the black ones we’d usually expect, it’s a silky melange of red plum, redcurrant, red cherry, strawberry, rosehip, wildflowers, black pepper, star anise, vanilla, pine forest and spice. This is the first vintage of this wine to land on UK soil, so don’t miss out on tasting something new and unique from Henschke.

The Henschke family have been making wine in Australia’s Eden Valley since 1868. From the biodynamically farmed Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone vineyards, Stephen and Prue Henschke create two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. The vines used to make their masterpiece, Hill of Grace, were planted in 1860, and the wine itself is one of the very best in the world.

£15.33 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 3922023

Style No.: 916067

Country: Australia
Region: Barossa Valley
Grapes: Shiraz/Syrah
Closure: Screw
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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