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Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
  • RP 97
  • ST 94
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Winemaker Notes

Deep crimson in color with a purple hue. Powerful, ripe aromas of blackberry and plum with complexing hints of star anise, ferns, eucalyptus and dark chocolate. The palate is an intense and concentrated blend of sweet, juicy plum pudding fruit and structured ripe tannin. With mouthfilling power, seamless texture and lingering finish the wine displays the hallmark characters of the Mount Edelstone vineyard in one of its greatest years.

Critical Acclaim

RP 97
The Wine Advocate

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.

ST 94
International Wine Cellar

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.

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Henschke, Barossa Valley, Australia
Henschke
The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in Eden Valley in 1862. Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines, including the world-famous Shiraz wines, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s. Fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue are one of the most lauded winemaking teams in the world, and international awards recognize the complementary nature of their roles, Stephen as... View More