Henschke Henry's Seven Shiraz Grenache Viognier 2020
92 POINT RATED HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION HUON HOOKE & JAMES SUCKLING BAROSSA SHIRAZ BLEND FROM HENSCHKE
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Deep crimson with magenta hues. Fragrant aromas of red currant, raspberry, blueberry and plum with spicy lifts of bay leaf, sage, black pepper and nutmeg. The juicy supple palate is rich and textured with spicy berry fruits, and well-balanced by fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins for a long, elegant finish.
92 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion
"Shiraz is from the vineyard diagonally opposite Hill of Grace, 'Schillings', on the other side of the church. Young vines, taken from Hill of Grace stock in the early 2000s. Grenache is from the Valley floor, and mataro from estate Valley floor vines. This is precisely what Barossa blends are about. Shiraz always takes a strong lead role in Henry's (almost three-quarters here) but the vines are young and the fruit precocious, so grenache, mataro and even a dribble of co-fermented viognier play well about their weight in building a supple, spicy and juicy style of amiable appeal. Just the right amount of dried herb and greengage plum character and finely textured tannins keep things serious on the finish. Delicious!"
92 Point Rated - Huon Hooke
"The colour is a very bright, youthful deep purple and the aromas are brilliantly fresh and vital, dark cherry to dark plum and blackberry laced with spices and a ferrous-ironstone overtone. It's medium to full-bodied, rich and intense, with lovely fleshy texture and supple, fine tannins that are in harmony with the flavour, alcohol and acidity. A polished wine, already drinking remarkably well."
92 Point Rated - Nick Stock Jamessuckling.Com
"A blend of shiraz, grenache, mataro and viognier, this has a wealth of rich, darker-toned fruit, as well as raspberry, pepper and fragrant, foresty notes. The palate is supple, fleshy and flavorsome with such open-knit structure and an attractive mix of raspberries and blackberries."
The 2020 vintage will be remembered for excellent quality wines from both the entire Barossa region though there were reduced yields caused by poor conditions at flowering and we had an extremely dry winter, spring and summer in 2019/2020. The 2019 winter and spring resulted in the driest start to the growing season ever, in line with 1939 and 1961. November was a challenging month with some frosts and wet and windy conditions during flowering. Significant heatwaves from mid-December to the end of January reduced shoot growth and berry size, however at the end of the month over 40mm of rain fell, alleviating the stress just before veraison, followed by a cool ripening period in February with just three days over 30°C. Vintage was early, beginning in late February and finishing by late March. The fruit ripened in near perfect conditions, resulting in optimal and excellent wine quality (colour, aromatics, flavour and tannin maturity). Bunches were in loose, open and pristine clusters, while the yield remained quite low at about 50% of average. The 2020 wines are intense in colour, exceptionally fragrant, spicy and well-structured.
Viognier co-fermented with shiraz; grenache and mataro fermented separately. Matured in 5% new and 95% seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
72% Shiraz 13% Grenache 12% Mataro 3% Viognier
Barossa & Eden Valley
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