Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Henschke Keyneton Euphonium

Some time ago, I praised the Woodlands 'Margaret' as a great second tier wine. Today, I will follow this up by the 2010 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium. This wine has been left a little bit behind, as the focus has been on the Henschke icon wines on the one hand, and the massive brand extension (not all successful), on the other. It is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, most of the fruit coming from Keyneton in the Eden Valley.

This 2010 Keyneton is incredibly vibrant, with blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and forest berries delivering a great fruit cocktail on the palate. Black pepper is also very noticeable. This wine is not as complex as the icon wines, but hey, it is enjoyable - and it is complex enough to create interest.

The classic Henschke label

This wine is medium-bodied, still fresh after 10 years. There is some sweetness on the palate, but freshness is more dominant. Cocoa flakes add to the fruit, delivering a terrific mouthfeel.

If you have this wine, I suggest you drink it now, while it is still so vibrant. If you do not have it, try to find it or maybe go for another great vintage, such as 2012, 2015 or 2018.

Score: 95/+++  

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