Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2018

Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2018

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Henschke Keyneton Euphonium

Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia

Vintage: 2018

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: 65% Shiraz 23% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot

ABV: 14.5%

Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable

Deep crimson with vibrant ruby hues. Lifted aromas of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and cassis. There are notes of violets, black pepper and cedar. Rich concentrated flavours of dark plum and blackcurrant. Bright balanced acidity, and excellent length, carried by fine-grained tannins.

Keyneton Euphonium is a composition of Shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from selected vineyards in both regions, some of which were planted by Cyril Henschke at his Eden Valley property in the 1960s. The village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for early settlers, and was home to the Henschke family brass band, founded in 1888. One of their instruments was a B flat euphonium, which has been lovingly restored and remains a Henschke family heirloom.

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, named ‘Outstanding Viticulturalist 2020’, 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 celebrated all around the world