Eden Valley | Barossa Valley
Very deep crimson with red hue. Alluring and spicy aromas of red currant, Satsuma plum, red liquorice and black pepper with herbaceous layers of bramble, sage and rosemary. Concentrated and elegant flavours of succulent red currant and blue berry fruits are balanced with black pepper and a hint of violet florals, while a clean line of acidity and fine-grained tannins add length and texture.
The 2014 moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory, and followed by the wettest February in 44 years. Fortunately Eden Valley was still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on early vintage white varieties, while the red varieties continued to fully ripen. March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the equinox, resulting in one of the longest and latest vintages. In summary, a challenging season with excellent quality but very low yields.
57% Shiraz, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (92% French and 8% American) oak hogshead for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa valleys, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from selected vineyards in both regions; some of which were planted by Cyril Henschke at his Eden Valley property in the 1960s. The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and the Henschke winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, and featured wonderful wine instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium, a large brass wine instrument, was made by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.
Serving Temperature & Technical Details
Excellent vintage, 25+ years (from vintage).
Recommended Food Pairing
Roasted Cowra lamb rack, eggplant, olives and preserved lemon.
"The crushed raspberry Eden Valley character is strongly evident here, even though the wine is almost half Barossa floor grapes (47%). Sweet cabernet berry aromas, bordering on jammy. The cassis character is almost overpowering - almost too much of a good thing. The palate is where it really wins: it's lovely - the flavour and texture quite delicious. We can see both the shiraz and cabernet components in the wine." - Huon Hooke - The Real Review - September 2018 - 91 Points
"A bright and brilliant wine brimming with ripe, plummy fruitcake characters and a little stewed prune complexity. A decent dollop of dark chocolate adds further rich feel to the palate.." - Ray Jordan - Top Shelf Wine - August 2018 - 94 Points
“[A]…big blend, this time Shiraz (57%) is joined by the Bordeaux trio of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc to make for a savoury and robust wine. There’s a big fruit hit of plums and blackberries on the nose followed by smokiness and greenness (mint, sage, rosemary) on the palate. This used to be called ‘Dry Red’ when it was first made in 1972 and you can see why.” - Chris Wilson - The Buyer - August 2018