Henschke "Henry's Seven", Barossa 2019
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Deep ruby with crimson hues. Fragrant, floral aromas of violets over spicy blackberry, raspberry and blueberry, with underlying spice notes of anise and black pepper, with sage, bay leaf, and cedar. The palate is spicy, juicy, and concentrated with ripe blueberry and fresh cut strawberry and plum creating layers of flavor with bright acidity and complexity from long, fine, savory tannins.
92 Wine Spectator
There's a succulent quality to the apricot, black cherry and fleshy stewed plum notes of this wine, with accents of cardamom, clove and black tea, on a muscular frame. All the elements come together in a remarkably long finish, detailed and polished. Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Viognier. Drink now through 2037. 400 cases imported.
A vibrant, supple and spicy SGM with pronounced meaty, peppery undertones and subtle orange blossom and violet inflections (2% Viognier is co-fermented with the 74% Shiraz). In a low-yielding drought year, the blackberry, raspberry, blood plum and strawberry fruit is intense, but persistent giving a smooth, glossy mouthfeel with lovely freshness. The tannins are silky and a light touch of spice from the 8% Mataro gives grip to the finish. A sleek entry-point red.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 74% Shiraz, 16% Grenache, 8% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (the Shiraz and Viognier are co-fermented), aged mostly in used barrels, the 2019 Henry's Seven hints at asphalt and black olive tapenade, set against a backdrop of blueberry and brambly blackberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's creamy-slippery in texture—no doubt helped along by the Viognier inclusion—supple and easy to drink, with a juicy, lip-smacking finish and almost unnoticeable tannin. Drink it young and fresh.