The Henschke Mount Edelston Shiraz 1996 is brick red in colour. Lifted aromas of spicy plum, dark cherry and anise with savoury, earthy nuances of tar, clove and mint. The palate is beautifully layered with sweet fruit and savoury spice, with velvety tannins and great length.
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, the vineyard was planted solely to shiraz in ancient 55-million-year-old soils which are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from nearly 96-year-old dry- grown ungrafted vines. First bottled as a single-vineyard wine in 1952, it became recognisedas one of Australia’s greatest shiraz wines.
The 1996 Eden Valley vintage was preceded by an average winter rainfall (after two drought years). A mild spring provided excellent flowering conditions and a mild, cool but windy summer allowed above average yields. Autumn was also cool and dry, providing an exceptionally long, slow ripening period which was very good for flavour development. An exceptional vintage in yield and quality.
The Finer Details Style – Red Wine Varietal – Shiraz Vintage – 1996 Country – Australia Region – Eden Valley Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 13.5%