Stephen and Prue Henschke, fifth-generation winemakers at Keyneton, selected Lenswood in 1981 to pioneer a new vineyard site, just 50km from their ancient Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants have managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
"Henschke may not be known for its Adelaide Hills Pinot but that’s all about to change. There’s a newfound delicacy, a seamless finesse and a gentle sensitivity to the 09, captured in its perfumed rose petal bouquet, gentle red cherry palate and fine, supportive tannin texture."
Rating 93 - Tyson Stelzer, www.tysonstelzer.com (22/Feb/13)
"A heady, wild and floral bouquet of dark cherries, mulberries, cranberry and polished cedar/vanilla oak reveals nuances of marzipan, mint and dried herbs. Smooth and supple, supported by fine, crunchy tannin, it’s steeped in rich, juicy flavours of black and red cherries, redcurrants and berries, finishing with length and focus. "
Rating 91 - Jeremy Oliver, www.jeremyoliver.com.au (03/JUN/2012)
"The Henschkes have recently invested in another large, mature vineyard adjacent to this one in the cool Lenswood area of the Adelaide Hills, and this is a wine to watch. Plenty of ripe mixed berry fruits on the nose here: cherries lead the way, some gentle sappy herbal notes, and a swathe of raspberry fruits. The palate has a smooth and fleshy texture – really balanced, even and impressively concentrated. Tannins fan out in style. "
The Best of the Red, Rating 93 - Nick Stock, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2012
"A complex, masculine, pinot with savoury/foresty nuances to the plum fruit of the bouquet and palate, needs to shed some tannins, but should do so without undue loss of fruit."Rating 92 - James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au (AUG/2011)
"Stephen and Prue Henschke looked beyond their Barossa homeland to Lenswood in the 1980s when they harboured serious desires to nurture cool climate grape varieties. Now 25 years old, these vines are showing superb character, and the blending of eight pinot vine clones from across the site, with careful maturation in new and aged French oak, gives this wine the right mix of power and balance. It boasts rich aromas of spicy black cherries and smoky game, with hints of raspberry and rhubarb, bold colour and wild berry brightness. The 2009 vintage was strong in this region, verified by this wines big structure and palate length, with a firm tannic grip showing well now but likely to reach its peak with developed secondary characters in about five years."
SA Life, David Sly (01/APR/2011)
"Perfectly poised pinot, meticulously crafted from more than 20 parcels of Adelaide Hills fruit. Aromatic, lashings of cherry and plum fruit, spice and savoury characters, earthy notes, cleverly oaked, velvet smooth tannins."
Illawarra Mercury, Kerry Skinner (09/APR/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep garnet with violet hues.
An alluring sweet perfume of musk, rosewater and lifted spicy black cherries supported by gamy, savoury scents and smoky hints.
The rich, dense palate shows complex layered flavours of dark cherries and white pepper. Fine, grainy tannins create mid-palate depth and structure with an elegant, lingering finish.
Exceptional vintage, drink now to 15+ years.