Henschke 'Mount Edelstone'
This was the first wine sold in bottle ('52) by Henschke, although it has had to play second fiddle to Hill of Grace since '58 when the latter came on stream. New oak is only 22%, and the majority of the oak is French. The vintage was excellent, the flavours deep, with soft blackberry and plum fruits wending their way across the palate, cushioned by cedary oak and carefully polished tannins. It's utterly classic drinking, with unalloyed pleasure now but no less in another 20 years. 97pts James Halliday