Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
95 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT & 94 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE & ROBERT PARKER
- 95 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT
- 94 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKERS WINE ADVOCATE
- 94 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE
- ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S OLDEST FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED WINERIES
Deep crimson in colour. Spicy and perfumed aromas of red and black currant, mulberry and cassis, with nuances of violet and dried herbs, forest moss and hints of cigar box and cedar. Concentrated flavours of black and blue berry fruits, ripe mulberry and black currant are complemented by rich cedar and mocha, while balanced acidity and finely structured tannins provide focus and depth, for a beautiful, lingering finish.
95 Points - Mike Bennie The Wine Front
"A good legacy for cabernet sauvignon in this country. A beacon in some respects. This is a wonderful release. It has this intangible energy and levity, freshness and juiciness, purity of fruit and general sense of deliciousness. It feels a bit loose knit, slightly unkempt in the best possible way, all dark berries sloshing around brined black olive, brambles, fresh blood (something gently ferrous), faint cedar and green herb. Yes thanks. The finish tightens the wine up to a gentle pucker. It has flow, vivacity and yet each sip comes with quiet authority of those very fine, lacy tannins. It’s such a great-feeling wine."
94 Points - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"The bouquet is of violets, sousbois and blueberry, the palate intense and focused, refined and elegant, with extra-long persistence. It’s bright, clean and fresh and has great elegance as well as cellaring potential. Very long finish. A superb cabernet.”
94 Points - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Svelte and refined, the 2015 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully composed and complete. Hints of cedar, earth and tobacco appear on the nose alongside cassis and black cherries, while the medium to full-bodied palate is streamlined yet generous and richly textured, leading into a lingering, silky finish. Elegant and concentrated, it should drink well for over a decade."
93 Points - James Suckling
"From a great cabernet vintage in Eden Valley, this has a wealth of fresh-herb, forest-leaf and wood aromas with an assertive and richly fruited palate that has a strong core of ripe blackeberries and blackcurrants with subtly toasty oak and ripe, plush, velvety tannins."
17.5 Points - Jancis Robinson
"Medium-intense blackish garnet with some evolution at the rim. Evolved and complex nose that is so much more South Australian than varietal. Nothing remotely showy here, and the alcohol is definitively not evident. Savoury balsam and dried herbs with nothing simply fruity about it at all. You could certainly drink this already and the skein of flavours is already intriguing enough to distract this taster from analysing the tannin and acid content. In build and comportment it reminds me much more of a Ridge Monte Bello than any Australian Cabernet I can think of immediately – though it will clearly continue to develop. Much subtler than previous vintages, and more dependent on Cabernet Sauvignon. Quite a triumph. My natural instinct would be to serve it from my young wine decanter but it doesn't give the impression of desperately needing aeration.”
Sarah Ahmed The Wine Detective
“I admired this elegant, very complete Cabernet Sauvignon (with 1% Cabernet Franc) when I tasted it with Johann Henschke in January in London. Re-tasting it over three days only served to increase my appreciation. Especially on days two and three, when its violet perfume really came into its own. Though ripe and sumptuous, its pronounced blackcurrant with blackberry and mulberry fruit is incredibly persistent and nuanced. Beautifully integrated tannins offer little resistance, whilst rolling acidity pushes out the palate, lending great penetration to the perfumed whole, with its lifted cedar, pencil shavings (a lick of smoky graphite) and violets. Mellower, savoury undertones of cocoa nibs, tobacco pouch and mulch emerge going through. Bay leaf and a touch of mint on day three. Notes which, together with this wine’s fresh, persistent acidity, lend a drier (flavour-wise), more elegant profile than perhaps my description implies. Sheer fruit intensity, perfume and tannin maturity, rather than volume or sweetness, create a sensation of sumptuousness. With striking depth and length, this is a terrific varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from a part of South Australia dominated by Shiraz.”
This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979), as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for old-vine single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard in the 1960s.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
Eden Valley, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 25 years|