A moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that the vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer led to the potential for near average yields. Late December became warm and dry, ensuring healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically warm and dry, characterised by above-average overnight temperatures. The old-vine vineyards coped well with the warm nights, their deep roots able to withstand the warming and drying effect on the topsoil, maturing the balanced crops as autumn approached. March and April provided light and warmth to the Eden Valley which led to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. With warm sunny days and cool nights, the dry autumn guaranteed that pristinely healthy grapes arrived in the fermenters. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of the decade. Shiraz was certainly one of the highlights of the season, fittingly so in the year the Henschkes celebrated their 150th anniversary of family winemaking.
Pair with rib on the bone or braised lamb when the wine has some bottle age.
Varietal / Blend: Shiraz
Decant: We insist!
Closure: Screw cap
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Founded in 1862 by Johann Christian Henschke, a Silesian stonemason and wheelwright who emigrated to Australia in search of a better life, Henschke is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in Australia. Its wines are known for their quality, complexity, and longevity.
Henschke is a committed to sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices. The winery uses renewable energy sources and practices organic and biodynamic viticulture. Henschke is also committed to giving back to the community, and it supports a number of local charities and organizations.