Henschke Mt Edelstone
“A colossus of a wine.” – Huon Hooke
A complex, textured wine from an historic, low-yielding 16-hectare site. The Mount Edelstone vineyard is home to dry-grown, ungrafted centenarian vines which sit on ancient soils at 400 metres above sea level.
Each parcel of vines is picked and vinified separately. The wine is matured in 80% French and 20% American hogsheads (19% new, 81% seasoned) for 18 months prior to blending and bottling, after which the wine ages for a further three years before release.
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 2st April 2021
Remarkably bright purplish crimson, the sort of colour I'd expect from a Cabernet more than from a Shiraz. Hugely medicinal on the nose of this — positively a poultice! Such intensity and so much history in this beautifully balanced wine. You just know you're tasting vine-growing rather than winemaking here (sorry, Stephen). Everything seems so healthy and in balance. No sweetness but rather herby savour and appetising layers of fully ripe fruit. Not at all like Barossa Valley floor Shiraz — much more lifted and cooler. There's a certain tarriness here too. Definitely to be drunk with food and its considerable tannins have just crept up on my while I marvelled at the fruit. Ideally to be kept. Tasted 24 hours later, a certain (black) pepperiness was evident on the nose and there was more obvious ripeness beating the tannins into submission. Very clean, appetising finish.
Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, 31st March 2021
It is extraordinary just how stunning Mount Edelstone is in 2016...it appears that this east-facing plot has performed at the highest possible level and this means that each chapter of this wines sensory journey is complete. Firstly, it explodes out of the glass with one of the most complete aromatic displays of the year. There is enviable freshness and spice here alongside complex florals and musks. The first sip is tremendous and there is no need to agitate the glass or to decant this wine in order for it to sing. It literally bursts out of the blocks and continues its assault at one speed and that is full speed. Having said this, and taking into account the volume of flavour, there is tenderness and elegance here, too. There is red, black and blue fruit making up the mid-palate and they eddy and flow in perfect synchronicity. In addition to this, the overall balance is pinpoint perfect with refreshing, vital tannins and crunchy acidity. I cannot recommend this vintage enough.
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter.com/Premium, 31st March 2021
Powerful but unobtrusive tannins — like an engine purring — support dark, perfectly ripe blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit, with hints of strawberry, red fruit leather and smoked charcuterie notes from the oak. Spice and dried herb nuances unfurl over three days, beautifully articulating the terroir and its 104-year-old vines through notes of black pepper, sage, tea tree, star anise, mint and cardamom. Ripe and refreshing redcurrant sustains the sweet, spiced fruit through the long, sinuous finish. Terrific purity, poise and panache.
Huon Hooke, therealreview.com, 28th March 2021
Excellent colour, deep and youthful with strong purple tints. The bouquet is robust and concentrated, mixed spices, led by pepper and earthy notes, a trace of eucalyptus-mint, rich and dense as it is also in the mouth. A collossus of a wine. There's a lot of charry oak input and this tinges the aftertaste with a little bitterness. A powerhouse of a shiraz, and quite heavily extracted, but also superb. Long-term.
James Halliday, Winecompanion.com.au, 4th August 2020
The vineyard was planted in 1912, hand-picked, matured in 80% French and 20% American hogsheads (19% new). The vintage was challenging, but this shiraz shows no sign of that. It is full-bodied, very complex and very long, the tannins expertly massaged and drawn under the fruit. Blackberry, tar and bitter dark chocolate all contribute to what will be a very long-lived wine.
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 14th May 2020
The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it's ripe and velvety textured, with a long, liquorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.