2015 KEYNETON, 'Euphonium', Henschke. Barossa, AusOrganic
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Area: This comes from vineyards in both the Barossa and the (higher and cooler) Eden Valley; from vines up to 50 years old.
Grape Variety: 66% Shiraz, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, matured for 18 months in oak (20% new oak, mainly French but also 10% American)
Producer: The Henschke family settled in the Barossa in 1861 and now fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. Famous above all for the 'Hill of Grace', this is one of the most respected estates in Australia. All their vineyards are both organic and biodynamic.
Keyneton (pronounced Cain-tun) is their local village and the the musical reference is to the Henschke Family Band, founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke, which featured various wind instruments including a B flat euphonium.
Old Bridge Rating: One of Henschke's less expensive reds, but in no sense 'light'. It's rich, hedonistically so, but very well balanced.
Press Reviews: "Transparent dark ruby. Delightfully mellow, sun-baked and ripe on the nose but with freshness on the finish. Pure South Australia on the palate: warm and leathery but with a gentle texture. Nuanced rather than showy. I'm not sure why the Henschkes recommend decanting this wine as it seems to be pretty mellow already. Long, subtle and satisfying." Jancis Robinson 'wine of the week', May 30th 2020.
£45.00 per bottle
£42.75 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£40.50 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles