Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
100 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD & 97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
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- 100 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD MW
- 97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 96 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON THE WINE FRONT
- 96 POINT RATED JEREMY OLIVER
- 95 POINT RATED ROBERT PARKERS WINE ADVOCATE
Deep ruby with garnet hues. Lovely complex aromas of cassis, red currant and mulberry interwoven with anise, oregano, thyme, violets and tobacco leaf. The palate delivers layers of vibrant and pure black currant and plum, balanced by hints of cedar and vanilla pod. Lively acidity and fine-grained tannins provide a long, defined, mouth-coating finish.
100 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW
"Deep crimson. Fragrant pure blackcurrant, mulberry aromas with roasted almond, herb garden sage star anise notes. Sinuous and gorgeously balanced with superb pure blackcurrant fruits, fine-grained perfectly ripe tannins and underlying roasted almond, roasted walnut oak notes. Finishes al dente firm with superb mineral length. Elegantly styled, perfectly balanced and beautifully pure fruited with animated textures and linear freshness. A reference Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with superb regional voice and modulated power. An extraordinary and potentially long-lasting wine. 100% 30+ year old cabernet sauvignon."
97 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Some of the vines were planted by Cyril Henschke in the ‘60s. Matured in French hogsheads (35% new) for 18 months. Deep but brightly coloured, this is a no holds barred, full-bodied Eden Valley cabernet sauvignon that will live for decades, blessed by a screwcap. Blackcurrant fruit, touches of cedary oak, black olive, bay leaf and earthy tannins are all on parade."
96 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
"Born of a single vineyard and it could be born of no other. Its flavour profile is unique. Pretty and perfumed but deep and brooding. Blackberries soaked with prunes, forest berries infused with mint, tobacco buried in earth, potpourri synched to the tannin. It’s a beautiful wine, calm, strong, generous, considered. The Henschke family have roamed the wines of this vineyard for so long that they’ve come to share attributes. The firm finish of this wine is something. The whole wine is."
96 Point Rated - Jeremy Oliver
95 Point Rated - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The family's flagship Cabernet is the 2016 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon. As usual, the oak regime incorporates a reasonable 20% new French hogsheads, lending a discreet edge of pencil shavings to the scents of pipe tobacco, menthol and cassis. It's medium to full-bodied but exquisitely balanced so as to appear nearly weightless on the palate, buoyed by ripe, plush tannins that turn softly dusty on the lingering finish. It's another excellent vintage for what is arguably Eden Valley's top Cabernet Sauvignon."
92 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Very deep, dark red/purple colour, with a pungent peppermint and raspberry cordial-like bouquet, laced with creosote and charred oak. Crushed gumleaves. The wine is full-bodied and powerful, concentrated and firmly tannic, the massive structure surrounding a core of sweet cassis-like fruit flavour. A very solid, rather extracted wine which concludes with a lot of chew. It needs more time."
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.
The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhance flowering and set to give average to above average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year ad rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown, old-vine Eden Valley vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March which eased the stress on all varieties. The fruit matured with an earlier harvest, as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavor, sugar and colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterized by average yields but very high quality.
Eden Valley, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 25 years|
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