1994 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz

1994 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz

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1994 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz. 94Pts James Halliday, 92 Points Jeremy Oliver. Exceptional Henschke vintage, optimum drinking 25+ years.

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1994 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz. Rated 94Pts by James Halliday and 92Pts Jeremy Oliver.

Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz is a much loved single vineyard shiraz.  The Mount Edelstone vineyard was planted in 1912 and it is believed that the Mount Edelstone shiraz vines are derived from the original James Busby collection, via Joseph Gilbert of Pewsey Vale.  The Mount Edelstone Vineyard was only acquired from Ronald Angus in 1974.  These old and mature vines are dry grown and yield an average of four tonnes per hectare.  Organic and biodynamic principles are employed which assist in drought proofing the vineyard and optimise soil and vine health.  Mount Edelstone shiraz is vinified in headed-down open fermenters and then completes fermentation in a combination of 90% new and 10% seasoned French (65%) and American (35%) hogsheads.  The wine is matured for between 20 to 22 months in the same oak prior to blending and bottling. The best vintages of Mount Edelstone shiraz should cellar for longer than 15 years. 

 

1994 Vintage Description.  A mild summer led to a slow and late start to the 1994 vintage. Temperatures in March were mild to high, which had an effect, causing everything to ripen at once.  The fruit quality however, was fantastic, with below average yields and exceptional colours, flavours and acid balance in the reds. The 1994 vintage was one of the best years on record.

 

The 1994 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz is deep crimson in colour with brick red hues.  Aromas os sweet plum and blueberry with aged savoury flavours and nuances of mint, black pepper and sage. The palate is full, rich with complex flavours of sweet savoury fruits, mint and chocolate. Fine-grained tannins provide excellent texture for an extended and luscious finish.