The Keyneton Euphonium epitomises the Henschke winemaking style. Typically this elegantly proportioned wine shows ripe dark berry, dried herb spicy aromas, plush concentrated flavours, velvety textures and long sinuous finish. The wine is a Shiraz dominant blend with minor components of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the Eden and Barossa Valleys. It is named after the Barossa Hills village of Keyneton, the centre of the Henschke family’s cultural and working life for over 150 years. Maturation takes place in a small proportion of new oak hogsheads with the remainder seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for 18 months. "The Euphonium” moniker was first introduced with the 2006 vintage.
A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc which says more about the vineyard and the Henschke winemaking expertise than the fruit composition. All the flavours are, as usual, fused together, oak and tannins providing context.
95 points, Wine Companion
"Blackberry, cassis, redcurrant, cherry, blueberry and plum fruits on the nose. The palate has effortless appeal, and tannins are fresh. Blackberry, mocha and a tarry, savory and stony edge. Drink now through to 2025+. Screw cap. A blend of shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc." 93 points, Nick Stock (July 2017)
"Henschke's 2013 Keyneton Euphonium is deep garnet-purple in color and exudes lovely, expressive blackberries and cherries on the nose, with menthol, pepper, anise and cloves—plus a waft of fragrant earth. A full, rich and concentrated blend, with firm and grainy tannins, this wine is well balanced and possesses great structure." 92+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown (June 2016)
"Inky ruby. Spice- and smoke-tinged black currant and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of pipe tobacco, licorice and incense. Energetic and focused on the palate, offering sappy, oak-spiced red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that deepen and spread out in the midpalate. Concentrated yet graceful, showing impressive energy and power on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves bitter cherry and licorice notes behind." 92 points, Josh Raynolds (October 2017)
"It's nice to see the quality of this wine reach new heights, as it's still relatively affordable within the Henschke context. The blend includes Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 2013 shows a slightly austere side, an aristocratic reserve, but the flavors are classic. Pencil shavings, mint, cassis and cigar box finish with great drive, length and dusty tannins. Drink 2023–2035." 94 points, Wine Enthusiast (April 2017)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.