Henschke Henry's Seven 2012 Barossa Valley

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Price: £23.49

 

Deep crimson with violet hues and intense aromas of red and blue fruits, ripe plums and morello cherries, which are lifted by notes of exotic florals and stone-fruits, with mocha and bitter chocolate nuances. The palate shows rich, lush and juicy wild berry and plum flavours, with a hint of anise and kirsch; velvety, fine-grained tannins provide texture and length for a beautifully svelte finish.

The shiraz, grenache, viognier, mourvèdre blend is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry’s death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her temperance convictions by closing the winery and uprooting all the winegrapes.

This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of the Barossa: 69% shiraz, 20% grenache, 6% mourvèdre and 5% viognier from grapes grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley). Viognier co-fermented with shiraz; grenache and mourvèdre fermented separately. Matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.