Henschke 2017 Single Vineyards Release
In The Eden Valley, a wet 2016 winter provided a good foundation for Henschke’s dry-farmed old vines. A cool, wet, and windy spring followed, with a slightly higher rainfall than in the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering. Conditions during fruit-set meant that yields were at average levels. The summer months were mild with frequent rainfall. This allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. A mild period of ripening finished with the harvest starting in mid to late April, a month later than the 2016 vintage. The last grapes were picked in mid-May. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they came into the winery ensured quality was not compromised. This cool but exceptional vintage has produced wines with precision and character, reflecting the purest expression of both variety and vineyard.
The 2017 vintage was not copious in quantity but was more generous than the ‘tiny’ 2019 and 2020 vintages to come.
According to Stephen Henschke, the 2017 wines are akin to high quality vintages such as 1992, 2006 and 2012, all of which were late, cool seasons and have shown excellent ageing potential.
To celebrate Henschke’s single vineyard release, Stephen Henschke shares the distinctive characters of the 2017 vintage in this short video: ‘A Vintage Graced by Vitality’.
These wines are landing early June 2022. VERY limited quantities.