The Henschke family is one of the longest-established wine names in the Barossa Valley. Each generation built upon the reputation for quality, but it was fourth-generation Cyril Alfred Henschke who in 1958 created the wine that has most captured the red wine world's imagination - Hill of Grace. His first vintage of this Shiraz was produced in 1958. Today, fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. The Mount Edelstone, Hill of Grace, Eden Valley and Lenswood vineyards produce the range of Henschke wines, managed by viticulturist Prue Henschke and a result of her leading edge research and development. They vary from venerable dry-grown Shiraz vineyards to the newer cooler-climate Lenswood vineyards supporting varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot.
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The cabernet sauvignon label continues to carry the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemakers and pioneers in the production of varietal table wines.
Cyril Henschke planted Cabernet at Eden Valley in the late 1960s.
1999 Vintage: The latter part of spring led into one of the hottest summers on record, with virtually no rain. The drought conditions resulted in smaller berry size producing spicy dark intense reds. Tropical cyclones Elaine and Vance brought unseasonal rains in mid-March, causing widespread botrytis problems requiring careful handpicking. 1999 proved to be another challenging vintage for Eden Valley although the final quality results made it worthwhile.
Description: Deep crimson in colour. Sweet lifted cassis, redcurrant, anise, tar, violets and cedar with liqueur chocolate hints. A complex bouquet of bright black briary forest berry fruits with lush dusty aromas. Sweet fruit, rich, complex, compact, concentrated palate with fruit and dusty tannins; fleshy with firm fine grained chewy tannins on the very long finish.
Serving Idea: Roast leg of lamb with double-peeled broad beans or fresh peas with thyme butter.