Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Frank Merlot 2017 (Biodynamic) ~ Barossa Valley, South Australia
95/100 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
95/100 Huon Hooke
91/100 Decanter World Wine Awards
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
93/100 Falstaff (2016 vintage)
94/100 Wine Enthusiast (2016 vintage)
94/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (2016 vintage)
93/100 CellarTracker (2016 vintage)
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson (2016 vintage)
95/100 James Halliday (2015 vintage)
94/100 Erin Larkin (2015 vintage)
94/100 Jeremy Oliver (2015 vintage)
94/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
93/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
92/100 Huon Hooke (2015 vintage)
95/100 James Halliday (2013 Vintage)
94/100 Wine Enthusiast (2013 Vintage)
92+/100 The Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage)
91/100 Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Spectator (2013 Vintage)
90/100 Wine & Spirit Magazine (2013 Vintage)
Silver - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Silver - International Wine Awards (2016 vintage)
Silver - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2016 vintage)
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2013 vintage)
Halliday Wine Companion Wine Awards 2021 'Winery of the Year'
Halliday Wine Companion Awards, Tyson Stelzer "I love the transparency of the Barossa's cooler seasons, in such articulate detail here that all 4 varieties are clearly visible in all their glory. Unashamedly medium bodied, refreshing and enticing, yet in no way underpowered, simplistic or short lived. Crunchy berry fruits, fine-ground tannins and vibrant acidity unite to marvellous effect and outstanding line and length. It takes some skill, dexterity and humility in the winery to allow fruit of such elegance to really sing. A classic Barossa blend with a long future before it."
Huon Hooke "Very good deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is sweetly raspberry-ish and very Eden Valley in style, earthy-spicy also, with a bouquet of dried herbs and dried flowers, especially sage. The wine is deliciously fruit-sweet and almost lush in the mouth, the masses of fine, subtly drying tannins keeping the finish and aftertaste neat and disciplined. A lovely wine, approachable already but certainly built to last and will be better if you can keep your hands off it a few years"
Falstaff "There is a brightness to the dark ruby hue; the Cabernet component makes its presence felt with wafts of blackcurrants and mulberries alongside soused plums, tobacco, dried herbs and its really spicy. It’s no wall-flower either as it has a richness and density with plump ripe tannins and decent length following through. Drink 2021-2027. J.F." (2016 vintage)
Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard "This blend of old-vine Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is open and fragrant yet powerful and dense right from the get go. Concentrated damson plum and black currant are backed by notes of dark chocolate, licorice, eucalyptus and tomato leaf, with a sanguine nuance. The tannins are powerful and drying but hold the silky fruit neatly in place. Drink 2023–2035." (2016 vintage)
Erin Larkin "A regional Barossa blend of old vine material. An unexpectedly fine and elegant expression of these usually big boy varieties, this is all silk and plush. The tannins are very fine, almost subliminal but create a fine backbone that the fruit rests on. Great length of flavour and a crushed rock finesse through the finish. Lovely stuff and feels like it would live for an age." (2015 vintage)
James Halliday “It's a fragrant, elegant wine, the fruit flavours akin to piano keys, a fine web of tannins and oak completing the picture. (2015 vintage)
Wine Spectator "Supple and elegant, with a mix of black olive, sage and berry flavors. The spice and licorice notes have an effortlessness and seamlessness about them. Lingering finish. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc." (2013 Vintage)
The Wine Advocate "...A full, rich and concentrated blend, with firm and grainy tannins, this wine is well balanced and possesses great structure...Henschke's 2013 Keyneton Euphonium is deep garnet-purple in color and exudes lovely, expressive blackberries and cherries on the nose, with menthol, pepper, anise and cloves—plus a waft of fragrant earth." (2013 Vintage)
Wine Enthusiast "It’s nice to see the quality of this wine reach new heights, as it’s still relatively affordable within the Henschke context. The 2013 shows a slightly austere side, an aristocratic reserve, but the flavors are classic. Pencil Shavings, mint, cassis and cigar box finish with great drive, length and dusty tannins." (2013 Vintage)
Tony Love "The wine itself is a delight, a claret style that is so elegant, the magic of the blend being how its many elements enhance its delicate cabernet core, soft, smooth, dark fruits with sage and mint. Totally delicious." (2013 Vintage)
Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc from selected vineyards in both regions. Matured in 20% new and 80% seasoned French oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Henschke is regarded as the best medium-sized red wine producer in Australia. Critic James Halliday describes Henschke's "Hill of Grace" as "second only to Penfolds Grange as Australia's red wine icon". The winery has gone from strength to strength over the past three decades under the guidance of winemaker Stephen and viticulturist Prue Henschke. The red wines fully capitalize on the very old, low-yielding, high-quality vines and are superbly made with sensitive but positive use of new small oak. All Henschke vineyards are farmed biodynamically.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every wine growing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra and Maipo Valley. Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedarwood.