Henschke - Abbots Prayer Merlot Cabernet 2009 - Fine Wine 75cl Bottle

Details

Henschke - Abbots Prayer Merlot Cabernet 2009
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
75cl Bottle
£52.40
In Stock
 

Description:
Very deep crimson in colour. Sweet, spicy aromas of violets, forest hints, dusty mulberries and blueberries with cedar and fruit cake. A lush, concentrated, sweet ripe palate layered with great texture and fruit flavours; intense and complex. Excellent depth and structure, fine-grained tannins and a very long finish.

Stephen and Prue Henschke, fifth-generation winemakers at the family cellars at Keyneton, selected Lenswood in 1981 as a new vineyard site, just 50km from their ancient Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views over the older vine country, but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. This property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyard, was pioneered by T N Mitchell, the first settler, and was originally known as Abbotts Flat. Vineyards were previously established in this area in the late 1800s.

Vintage 2005 was early, warm, quick, fantastic quality with good yields - and exhausting.

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 is sure to be ranked as one of the best on record, after 2002, with all varieties showing strongly. Once again the signature varieties for Eden Valley, ie, riesling and shiraz, performed brilliantly.

Cellaring Potential: Exceptional vintage, drink now to 2015.

Serving Idea: Asian salad of seared pigeon breast.

Grape: 64% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon.



Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Henschke   -   www.henschke.com.au
ABV:   14%
Appellation:   Adelaide Hills
Brand:   Henschke
Country of Origin:   Australia
Food Match:   Grilled Dishes
Food Match:   Red Meats
Grape Type:   Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Type:   Merlot
Region:   South Australia
Vintage:   2009

Pricing

SizeAvailabilityPriceUnit PriceBuyDesire
75cl Bottle In Stock £ 52.40 Add to BasketAdd to WishList

Gift Packaging Options

9 Products From this Producer

ProductAvailabilitySizePrice
Henschke - Abbots Prayer Merlot Cabernet 2009In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 52.40
Henschke - Croft Chardonnay 2010-12In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 36.85
Henschke - Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2004In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 67.12
Henschke - Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2005In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 68.88
Henschke - Cyril Henschke Cabernet 200926th Sep 2014   75cl Bottle£ 81.30
Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 37.03
Henschke - Henrys Seven 2012In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 26.77
Henschke - Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2006-09In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 36.06
Henschke - Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2009In Stock   75cl Bottle£ 72.20

No Product Reviews

Click Here to be the first to review this product.

Producer Information

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, after fleeing religious persecution in Kutschlau, Silesia (Germany). He planted a small vineyard and an orchard, and after initially making wine for family consumption produced his first commercial vintage in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz. 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 highly revered and much sought-after Hill of Grace is the pinnacle of the red wines - but another shiraz first made by Cyril, the Mount Edelstone, and the Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon introduced by Stephen as a tribute to his father - have forged their own niche with red wine lovers the world over.
Prue's meticulous viticultural management has seen not only new life breathed into the venerable vineyards, but also a new direction given to white winemaking that their forebears could never have imagined. For instance riesling from both Eden Valley and the newer Lenswood vineyard are contributing to the re-emergence of this classic variety, while research developments in colour and flavour have led to enormous improvements in quality in the Keyneton Estate and Mount Edelstone wines through improved trellising and fruit exposure.
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.
Cellar door, located in the original cellar building, has a rustic appeal with its low doorway, stone walls and early family portraits on the walls. Snug in size, it offers a warm welcome to those who venture down the long picturesque road from Keyneton in a quest for quality.

Facebook Comments