Henschke `Croft` Chardonnay 2013 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

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Overview

Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only magnificent 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. The chardonnay vineyard, which consists of seven clones, has taken its name from Frederick Croft, an orchardist who took up a neighbouring property in 1938.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The vineyard was planted in the mid-'80s, the vines now mature and among the older plantings in the Hills, and one of the higher altitude plantings. Bright straw-green; melon, grapefruit, apple and nectarine are all somewhere in the mix, none dominant; the watchword is elegance, particularly with the subtle use of barrel ferment oak inputs; citrusy acidity brings things to a conclusion. Rating 92 – Drink by 2018, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2014).

Rating 92 New to the Henschke range. Adelaide Hills. Grown on Tim Knappstein’s old vineyard, now in Henschke hands. It adjoins the Henschke Lenswood vineyard. This vineyard was originally planted by the Archer family, hence the name. Beautiful country up there in them Lenswood hills.

Pale straw green. Juicy, effusive, refreshing style. Pear, grapefruit, woodsmoke and chalk/mineral. Looks immensely comfortable in its skin. Fresh and delicious. Yes please, another glass, don’t mind if I do. Highly recommended.Rating 92 – Drink by 2014 – 2019, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (FEB/2014).

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Greengold in colour.

Aroma

Pronounced aromas of pear skin, melon, citrus and clove spice are supported by underlying notes of cashew, crème brûlée and honey yoghurt.

Palate

The palate is complex and layered with flavours of custard apple and white currant, fine acidity, fleshy texture and beautiful weight with an attractive fine French oak finish.

Cellaring Potential

An exceptional vintage. Can be cellared 15+ years from vintage.

Vintage
2013
Region
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Henschke is one of the longest established family names in the Barossa and the Australian wine industry. Johann Christian Henschke first planted vines in Keyneton in 1861, producing his first commercial vintage in 1868.

The tradition of quality winemaking has passed down through the generations – today seeing Stephen Henschke and his wife, Prue, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively.

Awarded "International Red Winemaker of the Year" in 1996 at the London Wine Show, Stephen and Prue were in 2006, awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine's "Winemaker of the Year" in recognition of winemaking excellence in both red and white wines. These Awards recognise the consistent and continuing success of this remarkable couple.

Prue has, for the last 18 years, explored and now employs both organic and biodynamic strategies to maximise the potential for the fruit from these unique vineyards to fully express their individual terroirs.

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