“The Henschke family has been making Riesling and Shiraz for 150 years and if there is any producer considered to be royalty in Australia it would be the Henschke family, although they couldn’t be more down to earth. They are true pioneers of making wine at high elevations in Eden Valley with their Hill of Grace becoming one of the most iconic wines of Australia. Family member Justine Henschke was there to talk about her ancestors initial beginnings in Barossa Valley (wine region with a Mediterranean climate) and eventually they decided to move up to Eden Valley (continental climate) where it was cooler. “Eden Valley ranges from 400 to 420 meters [almost up to 1,400 feet]” Justine noted and her family has planted vineyards where they receive winds from the ocean as well as facing a direction where they do not receive direct sunlight; they have even discovered a recent issue with battling frost sometimes. This 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz was multi-textural with tannins that were like fine lace and fresh sage with fresh blackberry and plum fruit that had exotic spice and a superb length of flavor.”
“From a 106-year-old vineyard, this is a dense wine but it nevertheless walks a seamless line between power and grace. Tangy plum, blueberry, dark chocolate, coffee, wild herbs and grated nutmeg glide together on the nose. The palate is full and concentrated, silken in texture and intricately woven with sinewy tannins. Its best is yet to come. Drink 2020–2035 and likely beyond.” (Cellar Selection)
“For anyone who knows Australian wine, the name Henschke is magic. The ‘Mount Edelstone’ has cooling flavors of forest, cedar, and pine, plus licorice and peppery spiced red fruits. Satisfying and savory. From ungrafted ‘centenarian’ vines over 100 years old.”
“From a 106-year-old vineyard, this is a dense wine but it nevertheless walks a seamless line between power and grace. Tangy plum, blueberry, dark chocolate, coffee, wild herbs and grated nutmeg glide together on the nose. The palate is full and concentrated, silken in texture and intricately woven with sinewy tannins. Its best is yet to come.”
"Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but it's velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so don't hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more."
"Sumptuous, generous, beautifully ripe red fruit on the nose – just so alluring and buxom, with serious structure and a long fragrant perfume on the finish. Sheer class, with cellaring potential that is only just beginning." (18+ points out of 20)
"Very old vines. Given all the attention in the world, this has a swirling array of roasted brown spices across aromas of rich, ripe blackberries and dark plums. Some roasting herbs, too. The palate shows luscious concentration and depth. The really plush and smooth tannins are carrying deceptive power and deep, weighty fruit. A richer Mount Edelstone."
"Rich and lush, with fleshy black cherry, plum and black licorice notes and a complex chorus of Earl Grey tea, vanilla custard, chocolate and date nut bread details lingering effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2028."