2004 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz. 95Pts Jeremy Oliver.
Vintage Description – The average winter rainfall after 2003’s fourth-worst drought in history. A frost-free, wet warm and thundery spring created a natural ‘greenhouse’ effect. The vines grew vigorously, flowered and in general set a large crop. The hottest December for 10 years, however throughout January the weather was mild and windy and the vines thrived under no heat stress. February saw searing heat which caused sunburn and significant crop losses. (South Australia experienced its hottest day ever). March returned the Eden Valley to glorious sunny days and cold dewy nights, with a couple of showers allowing the fruit to ripen under near perfect conditions. The 2004 vintage was almost as late as 2002 vintage, with good yields and excellent fruit quality.
The 2004 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz is deep crimson in colour. Aromas of sweet ripe plum, anise and blueberry with with earthy/dusty hints, spicy cedary oak and eucalyptus. The wine is sweet, juicy and ripe on the palate with a fleshy texture, good structure and depth with firm ripe tannins and a long rich finish. Serving Idea – Braised duck with red molé.