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Henschke Wheelwright Shiraz

Henschke Wheelwright Shiraz

Henschke Wheelwright Shiraz – a truly great wine from the phenomenal Henschke winery.

The Henschke The Wheelwright Shiraz 2017 offers alluring aromas of mulberry, blue and black berries, red plum and fresh vanilla bean, carried by nuances of crushed lavender, flowering herbs, bay leaf and black pepper. The palate is wonderfully structured, revealing intense flavours of red berry fruits, dark plum and Swiss chocolate, and finishing rich and textured, with fine-grained tannins and extraordinary length.

The Wheelwright is a heartfelt tribute to Johann Christian Henschke, the visionary founder who established the esteemed winery in 1868. Originally a skilled stonemason and wheelwright from German Silesia, he embarked on a remarkable journey and planted his first vineyards in the enchanting Eden Valley. This exceptional wine is crafted from Shiraz vines that were planted in 1968 by Cyril Henschke, reaching an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. The Wheelwright 2018 underwent a meticulous 18-month aging process in oak hogsheads, carefully composed of 21% new barrels and 79% seasoned ones, with a blend of 65% French and 35% American oak. This exquisite attention to detail and tradition encapsulates the essence of The Wheelwright, presenting a wine of exceptional quality and artistry.

” This is an expressive and somewhat flamboyant wine with exotic touches on the nose and an over-arching red-fruit theme. There is a pliable, fondanty texture with dark chocolate details, but no excess flesh or unwanted sweetness exists.”

Scents of licorice, bay leaf, mint and rosemary accent cherry and redcurrant notes on the nose, giving it an almost medicinal edge. The cooler, later vintage seems to have accentuated those herbal nuances and lessened the overall scale and richness of the wine. It’s still medium to full-bodied, silky and intriguingly complex, with a lingering finish and plenty of longevity ahead of it

Decanting is recommended before serving. In the correct conditions, it could be cellared for 30+ years from vintage.

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Great wine from a truly great family vineyard

Henschke Wheelwright Shiraz

Producer: Grape: ShirazStyle: Big RedsRegion: South AustraliaAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2017SKU: HENSC12

£105.00 a bottle

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“The Henschke family is one of the longest-established wine names in the Barossa. Johann Christian Henschke purchased land for a farm at Keyneton in 1861 and planted a small vineyard and orchard, and produced his first commercial vintage in 1868. His son, Paul Gotthard, continued farming and winemaking and planted more vines to increase wine production. Upon his father’s death in 1914, third-generation Paul Alfred took over the property and as demand for fortified wines grew, winemaking assumed greater significance. Each generation built upon the reputation for quality, but it was fourth-generation Cyril Alfred Henschke who in 1958 created the wine that has most captured the red wine world’s imagination – Hill of Grace. His first vintage of this Shiraz was produced in 1958.
Today, fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue uphold the family name and reputation, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively. The original two-storey cellar, built into the side of the hill in time for the 1868 vintage, has been added to throughout the generations. Now covered with ivy, the stone building retains an old-world charm with its open fermenters and winemaking memorabilia on display.”

South Australia

South Australia is the largest wine producing state of Australia. It may be surprising to most that the Riverland region is the state’s largest grape producing area. The Barossa Valley is famed for its full-bodied, rich, ripe and generous reds. The Coonawarra is internationally renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon (and prized ‘terra rossa’ soils). Padthaway, McLaren Vale, and the Clare Valley all make major contributions, and the importance of the Adelaide Hills is rapidly increasing.


flourish in a range of climates. In the warm to hot climates you can expect extremely intense aromatic, rich, full bodied wines, with hugh fruit (almost sweet) and chocolately tasting. In the more moderate/cooler climates you’re more likely to find structured Shiraz wines with black cherry, pepper and spice characters rather than the chocolate and fruit styles found in warmer climates.

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