Henschke Apple Tree Bench is a Shiraz Cabernet blend that pays tribute to the heritage of this legendary family house. Named for the ‘Apple Tree bench’ on which Barossan forefather Johann Christian Henschke placed farm produce during harvest. A limited release cuvée, grapes are matured in majority old oak for a year and a half prior to bottling.
With pronounced blackcurrant, dried herbs, and jammy plum on the palate, this is a heady and rich blend of exquisite structure and balance. The length is extraordinary. Cellared with care, Apple Tree Bench will age gracefully for at least 20 years.
A beautifully ripe and luxurious shiraz cabernet blend from the Barossa. Loads of blackcurrant and ripe, plummy fruit, with perfect infusion of oak. Gloriously perfumed with aromas of violets and cherry, plus blackcurrant. Tannins are finely integrated.
95 points, The Weekend West (May 2019)
Eden Valley shiraz (52%) and Barossa Valley cabernet sauvignon (48%) matured in French and American hogsheads (16% new) for 18 months. This over-delivers in terms of its satin and velvet mouthfeel and the celebration of the blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry fruits. It's the balance and length that will repay cellaring if you are looking for a wine with a long life the will please whenever you choose to drink it.
96 points, Wine Companion (November 2019)
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.