Henschke, `Henry’s Seven` Barossa Shiraz Blend 2016

£27.00 GBP

Deep garnet with violet hues. A striking bouquet of ripe plum, raspberry, blueberry and notes of blackberry intertwine with savoury notes of cracked black pepper, flowering herbs, fresh tarragon and bay leaf. Dark plum, berry compote, rhubarb and raspberry flavours lead to a peppery mid-palate of vibrant red berry acidity and fine-grained tannins, finishing with lingering flavours of mulberry and black pepper.

 

Look what we now have in, a red wine called Henschke Henry's Seven. Which is great as that matches our team of seven, the Magnificent Seven. The squad will now be known as Henry's Seven, it makes them sound like a team of wine ninjas, which in their own way they are.

Our team is like our small unusual family, much like the Royal Tenenbaums, all individual and all great, we are lucky to have them.  The wine is like our team, immediately appealing, classy (hints of it anyway) and hopefully delivers over time.

Some of you may be familiar with the Henschke wines as the Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868! Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979, which was when we opened Butlers, this is great symmetry.

Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone (which we have stashed) and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. ‘Henry’s Seven’ is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted his first vineyard of seven acres at the nearby Keyneton (where the winery is situated) in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony!

This is a big, elegant red blend. Shiraz was co-fermented with Viognier, and later blended with separate parcels of Grenache and Mataro. The wine then spent 10 months in French oak. Blackberry intertwines with savoury notes of cracked black pepper and herbs.

Butler drank one pre his isolation and while drinking it sold a load to his brother in law. He reports it is approachable now, and has a very drinkable freshness about it. Perfect for drinking on it's own or for a weekend BBQ.