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Very deep crimson in colour; An intense aroma - sweet ripe blackberries, prunes, hints of chocolate and spice; To drink, it is rich, ripe and lush with silky tannins; The flavours are powerful and complex - black fruits and mocha, liquorice and cedar; Would be delicious with all grilled meats
Drinking now, but can be carefully stored for at least another 10 years
Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 01/02/2009
The 2005 Tappa Pass Shiraz was aged for 18 months in 80% new 300-liter French oak (aka hogsheads). Purple-colored, it offers up an expressive perfume of pain grille, spice box, smoked meat, game, and blueberry. Layered on the palate, it has plenty of spicy, savory black and blue fruits, enough structure to evolve for several years, and a lengthy finish. Enjoy it from 2011 to 2020. Henschke, one of Australia’s oldest and most renowned wineries continues to perform at a high level.
Henschke have been making wine in Australia since 1862 when Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard at Keyneton in the Eden Valley. Nowadays, they are one of the greatest names in Australian winemaking and their wines (including the legendary Hill of Grace) are justly famous around the world. Still family owned, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke works with his wife Prue as viticulturist. In 2005, Stephen was inducted into the prestigious Wine and Spirit Magazine "Hall of Fame".
The single most important factor in shaping the Eden Valley's wine style is altitude: This helps to ensure conditions in the region are much cooler than those of the nearby Barossa Valley. As a result, the growing season is longer, allowing the wines to develop a purity and intensity of flavour. The region also has a wide array of soil types (mainly gravels with patches of clay): this geological complexity lends the wine its characteristic minerality. Eden Valley competes with Clare Valley in producing some of the best of Australia's Rieslings. With red, Shiraz is the main grape variety. As in the Barossa, Shiraz here acquires that rich black fruit and sweet spice character for which Australia is justly famous. However, it also has a little more Rhone-like pepperyness thanks to the cooler conditions