Monday, 30 April 2018

Henschke to mark 150th anniversary with new icon shiraz

Henschke, one of Australia's most-storied winemakers, will commemorate 150 years of family winemaking with the launch of a new single-vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz to be known as The Wheelwright. 

The Wheelwright ($130) is a tribute to Henschke founder Johann Christian Henschke, the first-generation winemaker, a skilled stonemason and wheelwright.

The release coincides with the first commercial vintage in 1868 at Henschke's Eden Valley cellars. The family will mark this anniversary on September 3, 2018, with the launch of their world-renowned Henschke Hill of Grace 2013 and The Wheelwright 2015.

The 2013 vintage of Henschke Hill of Grace is one of the smaller vintages in recent years, from a dry year which delivered beautiful though tiny yields from the dry-grown, 153-year-old ‘Grandfather vines’ nurtured by viticulturist Prue Henschke.

From the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard on Cranes Range Road, The Wheelwright is crafted from low-yielding, ungrafted, biodynamically-grown shiraz grapes. At 50 years of age these vines, planted in 1968 by Johann Christian’s great-grandson and fourth-generation Henschke winemaker, Cyril, are designated Old Vine.

This vineyard, on ancient red-brown earths, is located at 500 metres and sits south of the highly regarded Henschke vineyards of Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace, overlooking the village of Eden Valley.

The Wheelwright Shiraz was cool-fermented in open-top submerged cap fermenters for seven to 10 days on skins before being matured in 5% new and 95% seasoned (75% French, 25% American) oak hogsheads for 20 months prior to blending and bottling. 

The Henschke family says the 2015 vintage was an exceptional quality vintage in the Eden Valley. 

For more information visit the Henschke website at www.henschke.com.au

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