Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Eden Valley South Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. Mostly Cabernet with a minor component of Merlot, all grown to the Henschke Eden Valley property.
Cyril Henschke acquired the Eden Valley vineyard in 1966 and established a large planting of predominantly Riesling and Shiraz at a time when bonuses were being paid by the large wineries. Smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot also took place which have become the components to Henschke Cyril. Nowadays the vineyard has a permanent sod culture of early maturing perennial rye and cocksfoot grasses in the row. The precious fruit is treated to a traditional vinification, very much in the same way as Cyril Henschke's day, in ancient, open-top fermenters. Matured in new French oak hogheads for twenty one months prior to assemblage and bottling. Alcohol 14.0%
Very deep opaque crimson in colour. A complex nose showing sweet, lifted aromas of red currants, plums, tobacco and violets with cedar, cigar box and anise notes. The elegantly layered palate shows mulberry and sage oil flavours with good acidity and structure that adds finesse to the fine-grained tannins on the long finish.