2017 Henschke The Wheelwright Shiraz

Eden Valley, SA

A special single-vineyard Shiraz release, from an iconic Australian winery.



Something compelling here, no doubt.

Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

About This Wine

An ode to the founding father of the winery, stonemason and wheelwright Johann Christian Henschke, this Shiraz comes off a vineyard planted in 1968 by his great-grandson Cyril.

This is very much an Eden Valley Shiraz, on the lighter side of full-bodied, its full of dark berries, brambles, spice and so much more. Dark and inky in the glass, it’s a wine that takes time to both open and fully explore its depth and layers.

In its youth this isn’t a wine to tackle and mess about with unless you have some rich protein to help cut through its dense structure. Rather, like so many great wines from Henschke, have patience and thou shall be rewarded.

About Henschke

The first of the great Henschke winemaking family was Johann Christian Henschke, who arrived in Australia in 1841, settled in Krondorf initially and bought land in Keyneton (known locally as North Rhine!) in 1862 to plant vines and make wine. The first Henschke wines sales were back in 1868. They have hardly stopped since...

Now into their sixth generation of winemaking, owners Stephen and Prue have overseen the development of Henschke into one of the world's great wine labels, with perhaps Australia's most famous vineyard, the majestic Hill of Grace.

The Henschke family
The Henschke family
Eden Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

This comes from the Cyril Henschke vineyard, planted in 1968 and matured in 10% new oak (95/5% French/American) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending. A couple of special blocks of shiraz. 2017 is a great year for vineyard expression.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml

The iconic Hill of Grace vineyard
The iconic Hill of Grace vineyard
Eden Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Riddled with exotic spice, earth, dried herbs, undergrowth, dark cherry and plummy fruit underlying. Feels lively to taste, a fresh, succulent flow of inky, dark fruit, more of the spice, almost tactile and piquant with a cavalcade of salted black olives, cherry sweetness, and mulchy, leafy herbs too. Open weave tannins, soft, a little gummy and puckering to finish; a bit one speed, but pleasing. Something compelling here, no doubt." Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Notes of mulberry, blueberry and redcurrant flit above the bass tones of dark and black berries, cut with spice, licorice, dark chocolate, sage and a scattering of brambly, briar-like notes. Graceful red fruits and spice feature on the palate which, like all Henschke wines, shows detail and elegance with perhaps a little more red fruit coming through. The balance and clarity of form impresses greatly." Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Deep, dark red colour with a faint trace of purple remaining. The bouquet shows rich and ripe cassis with a top note of Ribena, evoking canned corn or asparagus. A light patina of the dried herbs typical of Eden Valley. It's very intense in the mouth, with firm, slightly grippy tannins that run the full length of the palate, leaving a slight aftertaste of bitter astringency, which softens off with repeat tastes. Further ageing recommended." Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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