Henschke Mount Edelstone 2013

The Mount Edelstone vineyard, situated in the Eden Valley, was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, who founded South Australia. Unusual for its time, it was planted solely to shiraz. The ancient 500-million-year-old soils on the vineyard are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from over 100 year-old drygrown ungrafted centenarian vines. First bottled as a single-vineyard wine in 1952, it became recognised as one of Australia’s greatest shiraz wines.

About the Vineyard

102 year-old single-vineyard shiraz grapes grown organically and biodynamically in the Eden Valley wine region.

Wine Production

Matured in 81% French and 19% American (34% new, 66% seasoned) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep rich crimson in colour. Succulent blue fruits, blackcurrant paste, blackberry and spiced plum aromas are interwoven with savoury Dutch liquorice, sage, cracked black pepper and cedar. The palate has lovely concentration, with layers of sweet plum, blackberry and liquorice, finishing fleshy and well-structured, with rolling chalky tannins.

Food Pairing

Braised Duck with Red Molé

Production Info
Vineyard name
Mount Edelstone Vineyard
Soil composition
Deep sandy loam over gravely medium-red clay, overlying laminated siltstone
Elevation
1,312 feet
Average Vine Age
102 years
Year vineyard planted
1912
First vintage of this wine
1952
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Shiraz
Fermentation container
Traditional open-top concrete fermentation tanks
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Hogsheads
Type of oak
American and French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
0.7 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L

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