Cyril Henschke Cabernet, Henschke, 75cl
Deep crimson with red hues. Concentrated and complex aromas of cassis, black and red currants, blackberry leaf and violets with underlying savoury nuances of crushed dried herbs, cigar box, beef stock and anise spice, all supported by dark cedary French oak. A flood of rich blackberry and bright red currants greet the palate, which is precisely defined by purity of acidity, an elegant structure and layers of long, silky fine-grained tannins that provide great persistence.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
97/100 - This is one of Australia’s greatest cabernets, staring down Coonawarra and Margaret River (just for starters). The argument evaporates when you admit – as you must- that those wines are in such different styles it’s an apples and oranges comparison. The real comparison is between this and Mount Mary. It has a purity and elegance that puts it in a class of its own.
- Wine Companion, August 2016 James Halliday
97/100 - This is one of the most impressive Cyrils I can remember: very elegant, supple and beautifully balanced, without any obvious leafy vegetal notes although unmistakably cabernet. There are raspberry notes typical of Eden Valley, as well as foresty, earthy and autumnal notes partly due to emerging bottle-age characters. The tannins are supple and melting. A superb wine...Drink 2017 to 2037.
- The Real Review, March 2017 Huon Hooke
5 stars - A cabernet sauvignon-led blend with cabernet franc and merlot in support, gorgeous blackberry flavours dominate the fruit spectrum with lifts of blackcurrant flowers and lavender adding a wonderful fragrance across the whole passage. More seasoned oak than new encourages elegance and medium weight, the expected varietal tannins have integrated well, and the wine finishes in beautiful, long-lasting harmony. Best with: Asian-flavoured beef cheek.
- Adelaide Advertiser, December 2016 Tony Love