Origin: Eden Valley/South Australia/Australia
Grapes: 66% Shiraz, 15% Grenache, 10% Mataro, 9% Viognier
The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer into one that is recognised by savvy wine drinkers throughout the world.
Fermentation for Henry's Seven took place in traditional concrete open-top fermenters. The Shiraz was co-fermented with the Viognier, and later blended with separate parcels of Grenache and Mataro. The wine then spent 10 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads (500l sized barrels), out of which 10% are new. Named after Henry Evans who was the first winemaker in their village of Keyneton and planted the first vines, seven acres back in 1853. Tragically, when he died in 1868, his temperance-believing wife closed the winery and uprooted all the grapevines!
This is a big & full-bodied wine, but heavenly balanced. Juicy cassis, blackberry and blueberry flavours mingle with some savoury clove and nutmeg notes as well as black pepper. We might be biased, but we just absolutely love this wine!