The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and the Henschke winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 by Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke, and featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, was made by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
"Deep garnet, bright; a decidedly savoury bouquet showing cedar, olive, hoi sin and bramble; medium-bodied and showing a little toasty oak on the palate, the fresh acidity and minerally complexity provides a long and harmonious conclusion. Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc."Rating 94 - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013
"Henschke Euphonium was formerly known as Keyneton Estate. This year it’s a blend of shiraz (62 percent), cabernet sauvignon (23 percent), merlot (8 percent) and cabernet franc. It spends time in a mix of French and American oak, 30 percent of it new. There’s roughly double the amount of cabernet in this blend than there was, say, in the 2008. Tasted this briefly in a lunch setting. Will update review once I’ve had a chance to look at it in normal surrounds. Great result for the 2009 vintage. Warm spices. Warm blackberried fruit. Redcurrant brightness. Tight, mature tannin. Terrific concentration. Length for as far as the tannin will allow it. Looks a real goodun’."Rating 93 - Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au (MAR/2012)
"... a most agreeable companion to this challenging food. This, I suspect, was because it was elegant and balanced, soft of texture and gentle of tannin: a red made to be a good drink rather than an attention-seeker – a supporting actor, not a prima donna. "Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald (APR/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
62% shiraz, 23% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot and 7% cabernet franc grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).
Dark garnet red with violet hues.
Intense aromas of blackberry, ripe mulberry and spiced satsuma plum with a hint of cassis.
The palate is rich and complex with juicy ripe plum and red currant fruits while the savoury, fine, layered tannins provide a long and velvety finish.
Excellent vintage, 20+ years (from vintage).