Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2005
The 2005 Mount Edelstone is a 100% Shiraz cuvee sourced from a vineyard planted in 1912. Yields are a meager 0.3 to 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. In combination with a near ideal growing season, this has resulted in a great edition of Mount Edelstone, one of South Australia’s iconic wines. Purple-colored, the nose gives up notes of mocha, chocolate, smoked meat, pepper, leather, blueberry, and blackberry. Elegant, already complex, layered, and thoroughly satisfying, this superb Shiraz has enough baby fat to be enjoyed now but will amply reward 5-7 years of cellaring. It will drink beautifully through 2025.
Youthful violet color. Powerfully scented bouquet shows deep blackberry, cassis and mulberry qualities, along with exotic fruitcake and incense notes. Fleshy and sweet, with deep, supple dark berry preserve and candied licorice flavors, picking up smoky mineral and floral pastille tones with air. Extremely complex, and very young, with slow-mounting tannins adding grip to the long, sappy finish. This is really persistent, and admirably precise. Showing very nicely right now, but build for the cellar.