Henschke The Wheelwright 2017

The Wheelwright pays tribute to the founding fathers of the Henschke winery and vineyards, winemaker Johann Christian Henschke. He was among the first generation of the early Barossa German pioneers of South Australia, and establighed the family winery in 1868. Johann Christian arrived as a skilled stonemason and wheelwright and planted his first vineyards in the high country of the picturesque Eden Valley. The wine is produced from Old-Vine Shiraz planted a century later, in 1968, by fourth generation Cyril Henschke.

About the Vineyard

The Wheelwright comes from 50 year old vines on deep sandy loam over prismatic clay. It is the coolest of the four Henschke vineyard sites where they grow Shiraz giving the wine a distinct and focused red fruits character. A composed, cool, and long season for the 2017 vintage brought out the purity and vibrance of the wines, and provided for ageability of up to 40 years.

Tasting Notes

Medium garnet with crimson hues. Lifted aromas of red plum, red currant, blue and black berries, rose hip and black pepper, with notes of bay leaf, sage, crushed flowering herbs, anise and hints of cedar. The palate is rich and plush, deep and concentrated with layers of spicy red cherry and red currant, interwoven with anise and vanilla. Balanced acidity gives freshness and poise, finishing with elegant, velvety, fine-grained tannins for a long fruit-driven finish.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Eden Valley
Vineyard name
Wheelwright Vineyard
Average Vine Age
50+ years
Harvest time
April
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Shiraz
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15 %
pH level
3.52
Acidity
6.02 g/L

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