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Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
Edelstone means "gemstone" in German and it's an apt descriptor for the 64th release of what is arguably Australia's longest, consecutively produced single-vineyard wine. Cyril Henschke first produced Mount Edelstone in 1952. Now Stephen Henschke has created a doozy. It's like a walkthrough a herb garden; sage, black pepper, blueberries and spice. Beautiful maturity, complex fruit and firm tannin. A Mary Poppins of a wine. Practically perfect in every way. Katie Sspain, The Advertiser
In 2016 it appears that this east-facing plot has performed at the highest possible level and this means that each chapter of this wines sensory journey is complete. Firstly, it explodes out of the glass with one of the most complete aromatic displays of the year. There is enviable freshness and spice here alongside complex florals and musks. The first sip is tremendous and there is no need to agitate the glass or to decant this wine in order for it to sing. It literally bursts out of the blocks and continues its assault at one speed and that is full speed. Having said this, and taking into account the volume of flavour, there is tenderness and elegance here, too. There is red, black and blue fruit making up the mid-palate and they eddy and flow in perfect synchronicity. In addition to this, the overall balance is pinpoint perfect with refreshing, vital tannins and crunchy acidity. I cannot recommend this vintage enough. 19.5 points, Matthew Jukes
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