Stephen and Prue Henschke, fifth-generation winemakers at the family cellars at Keyneton, selected Lenswood in 1981 as a vineyard site in the Adelaide Hills. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only beautiful views over the traditional vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes.
In 1997 Prue and Stephen decided to select fruit from certain sites and clones which were just colouring, at veraison, for sparkling production from their pinot noir vineyard at Lenswood, rather than using these components for a dry red table wine. They had originally thought about releasing a wine for the millennium, however as the year 2000 got closer they realised that the wine needed more time to develop complexity on its lees. They continued to make the sparkling base wine in most years when the fruit quality was ideal.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
"Bright, full straw-green; made from 100% pinot noir ex the Henschke Lenswood vineyard, and matured for up to an astonishing 13 years on lees in bottle (the oldest component). There are strong nutty/spicy flavours (not surprising) but the wine retains elegance and has good length and balance. " Rating 94 - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013
"... a unique wine-yes, another unique Henschke wine. Not only does it taste good, its produced in a way nobody else does. The Henschkes saved pinot noir base-wines from their Lenswood, Adelaide Hills vineyard for 10 years before the first Blanc de Noirs was released. The first component was vintage d in 1997. Instead of blending all the vintages as they come along, Stephen Henschke matures each vintages wine separately. Periodically, he makes a blend, which is bottled and given a secondary fermentation. Voila: a sparkling wine with readymade depth of aged character. Its a pale coppery pink in colour, and full-bodied, rich and highly textured in the mouth. Not a delicate wine by a long shot. But its certainly characterful. And different. "Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, (10/Apr/12)
"Plush and luxurious wine driven by cool climate pinot noir from the heights of Lenswood. Loaded with vibrant stone fruit, lively lemon and strawberry character with a lick of honeycomb. Nutty almond biscuit complexity and creamy panacotta softness from yeast autolysis. A sparkling jewel in the Henschke crown. "Louise Radman, Sumptuous (01/Jan/12)
"Released to mark Henschkes 140th anniversary, this is one seriously effervescent sparkler (in the glass, it bubbles like a brook) that everyone can celebrate with. Creamy, mouth filling and underpinned by baskets of fresh, red berry fruit, this is stacks of fun to drink and a cracking sparkling debut from the Barossan legends. " Scoop, Max Veenhuyzen (Australia), December 2008
It includes material which has spent more than 10 years on lees and is full of raspberry and cherry notes, toast, spice and a hint of wax. It’s mouthfilling yet supple and subtle – a wonderful debut. Gourmet Traveller WINE, Ken Gargett (Australia), December 2008
Winery Tasting Notes
Vivid pale gold with green hues.
The complex nose is sweet and creamy, exhibiting lemon, stone-fruit and potpourri with nutty, toasty, yeast autolysis aromas; exotic with crème caramel hints.
A complex, full, rich and creamy palate with layers of spicy strawberry/raspberry flavours; excellent intensity and great acidity carries through to a zesty finish. Excellent bead.
Celebration wine, drink now.