Here is a Henschke offer to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Two Shiraz blends from one of the Barossa’s finest, together in a half-dozen fit for gifting, cellaring, or simply enjoying.
What you have here are two exquisite examples of Shiraz Cabernet. Keyneton Euphonium is Langton’s Classified ‘Outstanding’, the 2015 recognised as one of this wine’s top vintages. The 2016 Apple Tree Bench is the sophomore outing for this particular cuvée, with cellaring potential of 20+ years. Taste side by side at your festive table to appreciate all of the nuance and subtle charms that make Henschke such a darling of the national wine landscape.
"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)
"A magnificent union between the spicy dark berries of Shiraz and the capsicum, leaf and fine-boned structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, lifted by the violet aromas of a dash of Cabernet Franc. Wonderful purity of crunchy, dark berry fruit depth is framed in impeccable, firm, fine tannins that promise a grand future. It exemplifies Stephen Henschke’s notion of what he dubs the “Super Barossan” blend."
94 points, Australia's Wine Business Magazine (June 2019)
"The cabernet influence is clear. It sets the wine on a clear quality course; plum and blackcurrant flavours pour through bay leaves, dust and dried herbs, cedary oak tying it together. Tannin comes in fine sheets, and the aftertaste lingers appreciably. Excellent release. “A vintage like 2015 highlights how well these varieties work together,” Stephen Henschke notes. Gold medal quality in a canter."
94 points, The Wine Front (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)
A blend of 66% shiraz, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% cabernet franc matured in French hogsheads (20% new) for 18 months, the grapes picked over 2 months. It's a fragrant, elegant wine, the fruit flavours akin to piano keys, a fine web of tannins and oak completing the picture.
95 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)