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.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
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
Greengold in colour.
Pronounced aromas of pear skin, melon, citrus and clove spice are supported by underlying notes of cashew, crème brûlée and honey yoghurt.
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.
An exceptional vintage. Can be cellared 15+ years from vintage.