Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008 75cl Bottle


Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008
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75cl Bottle
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Limited stock, moving to 2012 soon.

Pale crimson ruby in colour. Lifted aromas of sweet, fragrant, spicy cherries and cream with vanilla, toasted cashews, tomato stem and sappy hints. The soft and juicy, supple, layered palate is medium weight and shows sweet strawberry/cherry fruits, delicate structure and fine tighter-style velvety tannins finishing with good length.

Excellent to Exceptional white vintage with below average yields.

Matured on lees in 40% new and 60% used French barriques for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.

Stephen and Prue Henschke, fifth-generation winemakers at Kkeyneton, selected Lenswood in 1981 to pioneer a new vineyard site, just 50km from their ancient Mount Eedelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards. At 570m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards 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 pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants have managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.

The 2006 vintage shaped up as another high quality year but with only average yields in the Eeden Valley and Adelaide Hills. After a late break in mid-June 2005, winter and spring rains were some of the best for years in the lead-up to flowering in early summer.

Some varieties, such as riesling and shiraz, suffered more than others from poor set, leading to hen and chicken. While there was some damage in Valley from frost, this had only a minor impact on the overall yield; however, yields in most varieties were down by 15-20%.The summer was mild with southerly winds, reminiscent of 2002. Brief heat waves occurred in late January and mid-February but were early enough not to affect quality, with only minor sunburn on exposed fruit.Whites were nearly all picked by the end of March, an unusual situation.

Very good vintage, drink now to 2011.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Henschke   -   www.henschke.com.au
ABV:   13.5%
Appellation:   Adelaide Hills
Brand:   Henschke
Country of Origin:   Australia
Food Match:   Soft Cheeses
Food Match:   Poultry
Grape Type:   Pinot Noir
Region:   South Australia
Vintage:   2008


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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.

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