Henschke Mt Edelstone 1999
Eden Valley, South Australia, cork seal
Having finally arrived in Australia, Dad pulled this out of the 'cellar' for my first meal at home. Henschke is a top Australian producer and their Mt Edelstone Shiraz is made from 100% Shiraz, sourced from ninety year old vines in South Australia's Eden Valley
The wine's colour is still an impressive vibrant crimson. The nose has smoky, cedary smells, alongside side some dusty tobacco and hints of deep red plumes. The palate is intense and powerful with some sour black currents, liquorice, dark chocolate and thick, tarry prunes. It is superbly integrated and the refined tannins ooze class. My mate LB describes it as "graceful and balanced"; though I'm not sure if he is referring to himself stepping up to bat for Balnarring Cricket Club or the wine. A lovely, elegant wine, though for it's reputation and price point it's perhaps not as earth shattering as I would have expected.
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