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Henschke Mount Edelstone 2016 is the new release. It comes off of a 16-hectare single vineyard situated 400m above sea level in the Eden Valley. The vineyard was originally planted in 1912, it's been released as a single vineyard expression since 1957. Making this wine the oldest and most continuously single-vineyard expression in Australia.
On top of all this, the vineyard sees both organic and bio-dynamic practices. The 100% Shiraz comes from 104-year-old vines which are hand-harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit as cold as possible. Harvested and processed in single block runs from the vineyard, the grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed. It's fermented in small open-top concrete fermenters. Fermentation is finished in Oak barrels, a mix of French and American. It sits in barrel for 18 months before blending and is then bottle matured for a further 3 years ahead of its release.
The producer states that the 2016 vintage was a testy one, with a lot of heat and little rain. Overall the yield and therefore quantity available was down, but the quality remained. Due mainly to the consistency of the old, well-established vineyard.
We have an allocation and it will move fast, so get in quick. If we are sold out, contact us directly, there is always some crazy person who doesn't take their allocation!