Region: Eden Valley, South Australia
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon (97%), Merlot (2%), Cabernet Franc (1%)
First Glance: Elegant, Herbal, Dark Fruited
This wine carries the name of Stephen’s father, fourth-generation Henschke winemaker, Cyril Henschke (1924-1979); a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemaking pioneers, who was renowned for old-vine, single-vineyard and quality varietal table wines. Cyril planted cabernet sauvignon at the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard in the late 1960s. The cabernet sauvignon vines, along with cabernet franc and merlot, are planted on a north facing slope, managed with organic and biodynamic practices. First produced as a single-vineyard wine in 1978, Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the incredible beauty that emerges from the vibrant rows of the Eden Valley Vineyard, revered for its texture, depth, complexity and fine-grained tannins. Matured in 10% new and 90% seasoned French oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"Strong cabernet scents, rich cassis, blackcurrant, choc-mint, whiffs of clove and woody spices too. Blueberry and choc-mint to taste, tightly wound with slippery tannins and a lick of dried herbs and clove to finish. Good concentration but holds a fine medium weight feel. Elegant, is a good word."