Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002

Henschke’s Mount Edelstone shiraz is an attractive alternative for those, most of us that is, unable to afford its famous sibling, the “Hill of Grace”.   The vines were planted in 1912 on their own roots.  This wine did have some echoes of a lesser year Hill of Grace, but despite this, I was somewhat disappointed by it.

Ruby in colour, the wine opens to a medium to pronounced intensity aroma of vegetables, grass, spice, a touch of barnyard animals, wood, and green peppers.  The palate is dry, with between medium and high acidity.  It has medium length only, with perhaps a “hole in the middle” of the palate.  Tannins are supple and integrated, and the flavours moderately intense, with its expression of plums, herbs and eucalyptus.

This wine struck me as a little past its best, and perhaps a little herbal for my liking.  That said, it is still plainly a very good wine at 10 years of age, and does present quite complex aromas and flavours.  89 points (very good)

Abv: not recorded
Price: $110
Vendor: Not found.  You may find it at auction.
Website: http://henschke.com.au/
Tasted: February 2012

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