2005 Henschke Mount Edelstone shiraz. 95Pts 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.
The 2005 vintage – was early and warm, with fantastic quality and good yields. Above average winter rains led into a beautiful spring, with some early November frosts but good flowering weather in late November and early December. Summer was wet and wild, with an amazing roller-coaster of weekly thunderstorms that helped maintain good subsoil moisture. Rains in January were followed by a dry February, and the dry weather continued right through the autumn. Warmer than usual autumnal weather caused an early, compact harvest of above average yields. The late Indian summer lasted into May, well after all the fruit was harvested, at maturity figures, flavour and colour not seen before the 2002 vintage. The quality of the 2005 vintage has been ranked as one of the best on record, after 2002, with all varieties showing strongly. Once again the signature varieties of Eden Valley, riesling and shiraz, performed brilliantly.
Wine Description, Deep red with violet hues. Rich aromas of ripe blackberries and plums with complex savoury hints of sage, black pepper, star anise and dark chocolate. The alluring palate is an intense and concentrated blend of sweet, juicy plum fruit and savoury spice with layers of seamless texture, lush tannins and a lingering finish.