2016 Henschke Henry's Seven Red Blend

Year: 2016
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$29.95

MIND-BLOWING!

"A bit more aromatic and vibrant than the 2015, the 2016 Henry's Seven is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 15% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 9% Viognier. Medium-bodied, plump and mouthwatering, it showcases attractive notes of cherries and stone fruit, with just a touch of savory black olive. It should drink well for at least 6-7 years.

It was a treat to sit down and taste through the new releases with Stephen Henschke, even as the newest generation of this historic Eden Valley family begins to take over more of the daily business routine. The broad range of offerings and release dates here means that there is always something to talk about, whether it's the latest vintage—"2017 was a spectacular year for whites"—or something a bit earlier, like the 2014 vintage, which he described as "longer, later, slower ripening, with a lot of elegance." As part of my effort to look at some of the 2008s at age ten, we also tried the 2008 Hill of Grace, which showed tremendously well, with another two decades ahead of it. Henschke remains a benchmark for Eden Valley." (WA)

"A very attractive array of ripe blackberry that speaks tot he two-thirds shiarz component here, redder grenache perfume and some spicy allure. The palate's supple, fleshy and succulent with a ball of smooth glossy dark berry and plum flavour. Drink or hold."(JS)

"This vintage of Henry's Seven leads with 66% Shiraz (the rest is made up of Grenache, Mataro and Viognier) although the eucalyptus and tobacco leaf aromas trick you into thinking there must be some Cabernet in here. Green olives, coffee grounds, raisiny plums and currant fruits and a copper penny tang are all present, too, precisely put together like a neatly wrapped present, in Henschke's typically poised and polished style. A silky texture, powdery tannins and a leafy nuance mark the finish. Drink now–2027. -CHRISTINA PICKARD" (WE)

Winery Notes:
The shiraz, grenache, mataro, viognier blend is a tribute to Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853. He quickly developed a reputation for producing the best wines in the southern colony. Following Henry’s death in 1868, his widow Sarah exercised her temperance convictions by closing the winery and uprooting all the winegrapes. This blend highlights the historical introduction of southern French and Spanish varieties to South Australia in those early pioneering days and reflects the history, religion and culture of the Barossa.