Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Adelaide & Eden Valleys South Australia
Two thirds Semillon grown to Henschke vineyards on Eden Valley, vinified around a solid backbone of topical Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc from the distinguished Henschke property at Lenswood. Named for Eleanor Hill who married George Crossman Thyer in 1848, the grower who pioneered and developed Henschke's original Eden Valley site. Rich, spicy citrus flavours line the palate, crisp acidity, fine length and exquisite balance, take Eleanor out for the freshest fish or lightly spiced Asian faire.
The Henschke Eden Valley vineyard is located at an altitude of 500m and a rainfall of 700mm. Cyril Henschke purchased the property from Kenneth Crossman Thyer in 1966, and established a large planting of riesling at a time when Riesling was scarce and bonuses were being paid by the large wineries. The vineyard is effectively dry grown, although the soil moisture is monitored and in drier years drip irrigation is used to keep the vines physiologically active. The closely husbanded vines are planted to a northerly aspect on well drained deep sandy loam and silts. Eleanor is treated to a brisk vinification and bottled promptly after vintage, young and unoaked, to retain vital fruit character. Alcohol 13.0%
Vibrant pale straw with lime hues. Lifted, fragrant aromas of citrus, cumquats and kaffir lime with richer notes of ripe stonefruits, custard apple and white currant. Layered and focused, the palate shows generous ripe citrus, green apple and nectarine flavours, with a beautiful line of minerality balanced with fine acidity, leading to a long, crisp finish.