While some of Australia’s biggest names are now part of larger corporate conglomerates, Henschke has remained in the hands of the same family since it was founded over 150 years ago. Henschke’s Mount Edelstone was first bottled as a single vineyard wine in 1952 and is matured in 80% French oak and 20% American oak barrels, with the majority being once-used, lending structure without imposing heavy oak into the wine. Henschke’s Mount Edelstone remains remarkably fresh and balanced — a trait that comes from the ancient vines’ ability to ripen slowly without accumulating high levels of sugar.
Today we are pleased to offer the highly rated 2016 vintage of Henschke’s outstanding Mount Edelstone. For fans of Penfolds’ Grange or Henschke’s Hill of Grace, the Mount Edelstone offers fantastic value for money at £525 per case of 6 IB, with the Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski stating of the 2016 “I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price…..seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth”.
James Suckling notes 2016 as “an exceptional vintage for Mt. Edelstone”, a sentiment agreed upon by owners Stephen and Prue Henschke who describe the “lovely plushness” of the vintage in this short video.
This is a breathtaking wine that will not only drink well in its youth but also develop layers of complexity over the years thanks to its concentration and structure.
Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016 (6x75cl)
This has intense spice and sage, as well as bay-leaf aromas with intense, vivid blackberries and red plums. Blueberry notes, too. There’s so much spice, violet and bergamot, together with black tea-like notes. The palate has an immaculately framed tannin structure with rich blackberries and blueberries, as well as plum notes. This layers up so nicely on the palate. Very intense and powerful yet fine texture. An exceptional vintage for Mt. Edelstone. From vines planted in 1912. Drink or hold.
97 Points | Sarah Ahmed, Decanter
Powerful but unobtrusive tannins – like an engine purring – support dark, perfectly ripe blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit, with hints of strawberry, red fruit leather and smoked charcuterie notes from the oak. Spice and dried herb nuances unfurl over three days, beautifully articulating the terroir and its 104-year-old vines through notes of black pepper, sage, tea tree, star anise, mint and cardamom. Ripe and refreshing redcurrant sustains the sweet, spiced fruit through the long, sinuous finish. Terrific purity, poise and panache.
96 Points | Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it’s ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.