93 Points James Halliday
Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre Viognier Eden Valley South Australia
The archetypal Rhonesque fusion of Shiraz and Grenache, Viognier and Mourvedre which dates back to the early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of Barossa Valley. Henrys Seven is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first seven acres of vineyard at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry's death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her principles of temperance by closing the winery and uprooting all the historic vines.
Johann Christian Henschke purchased land for a farm at Keyneton in 1861 after fleeing religious persecution in Silesia. He planted a small vineyard and an orchard, and after initially making wine for family consumption produced his first commercial vintage in 1868. Each subsequent generation has since built upon the reputation of excellence and distinction. Mostly Shiraz with portions of Grenache, Viognier and Mourvedre, are harvested to varied schedules from good sites in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier, Grenache and Mourvedre are separately handled. Components are treated to ten months in seasoned French oak hogsheads before assemblage. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep crimson with violet hues. Intense aromas of red and blue fruits, ripe plum and morello cherries are lifted by notes of exotic floral and stonefruit, over mocha and bitter chocolate nuances. The palate shows rich, lush and juicy wild berry and satsuma plum flavours, a hint of anise and kirsch, velvety, fine grained tannins provide texture and length for a beautifully svelte finish.