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Professional Ratings: 94 International Wine Cellar, 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine & Spirits, 90 Wine Enthusiast
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 103107
The cabernet sauvignon label carries the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia's outstanding winemaking pioneers, renowned for the production of varietal table wines, with the accent on quality and flavor. Cyril Henschke planted cabernet sauvignon at Eden Valley in the 1960s.
Deep crimson in color. Lifted and perfumed with violets, cassis, blueberries, plums, blackberries and spice with hints of vanilla and cedar. The palate is supple and shows soft, fleshy, nicely textured fruit with mossy notes and a long finish.
Ruby-red. A sexy bouquet displays candied red- and blackcurrant, dark cherry, cured tobacco, vanilla and cola. Lush, deeply concentrated cassis and cherry flavors are sweetened by a suave quality and complicated by smoky Indian spices. Very complex, with velvety tannins adding gentle finishing grip. The length of this wine is superb. This alluring wine was raised in 100% new French oak but there's more than ample fruit to handle it.
The 2004 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon (which contains 10% Merlot) is sourced from a single Eden Valley vineyard and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it gives off classic Bordeaux aromas of toasty oak, vanilla, mineral, black currant, and blackberry. Elegant on the palate, it conceals enough silky tannin to evolve for 8-10 years. Nicely integrated and harmonious, this stylish wine should perform optimally from 2015 to 2034.
A gentle rain of cherries and currants, this young cabernet grows on mature vines at Henschke's Eden Valley estate. This vintage is a beauty, with electric acidity buzzing through all the richness of fruit, highlighting the fine texture, extending the black earthiness of the tannin. This will reward eight to ten years of cellaring.
I suspect the Cyril Henschke Cabernets show better after additional bottle age, but on release they are invariably difficult to read. There is no denying the attractive scents of mint, smoke and cassis in the 2004, nor the ripe plum and cassis-driven flavors, but the wine seems tight and reined in on the palate. Try after 2012.