96 Points - James Halliday
Henschke's Tappa Pass Shiraz is produced from up to 70-year-old, low-yielding shiraz vines from a selection of historical grower vineyards at Tappa Pass and Light Pass, These vineyards provide shiraz fruit from both the Eden and Barossa Valleys of the Barossa zone, vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.
The 2018 Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz is another classic rendition of Barossa Shiraz from Henschke. With vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, Satsuma plum and raspberry with hints of anise, crushed marjoram, cardamom, violets and cedar. The palate is rich, plush, and complex, with juicy blueberry and mulberry, spicy blackberry paste, and layers of fine velvety tannins creating incredible depth and length.
"96 Points. Vivid magenta rim; dark, deep centre. Medium-bodied fruit, oak, tannins fused, impossible to unwrap; meaty nuances to a range of black fruits. Powerful, seductive; easy to drink, its structure and texture demand attention. 14.5% alc, screwcap 96 points, drink to 2045, $115"- James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, May 8, 2021.
"95 Points. This is sourced from ancient soils in Light and Tappa Pass from vineyards that are up to 70 years old. Meat and slightly gamey aromas of plum pudding and fruit cake with dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is concentrated and plush with a supple generosity. Earthy notes work into the primary fruit with a gritty loaminess. The low-yielding vines have contributed to the density and flavour intensity."- Ray Jordan, The Weekend West.
"94 Points. The colour of ripe cherries. Slightly more restrained than expected and, for me, a little more rustic. Warm earth, spices, chocolate, black fruits, leather. Dense with a hint of animal skins and some good complexity here. I asked Stephen about these characters but it was not something he had encountered in his tastings. Subsequently, I went back to my bottle. For me, these characters were still present (is it possible that my bottle was slightly different? Always possible - less so with the move to screwcaps, of course). But one can only report on what one sees and I should say that I found it a seriously impressive wine. Good balance, 8 to 10 years of improvement ahead of it. Excellent length and worth noting that it impressed even more after 24 hours open. For me, this is an excellent TP. $115. Drink: 2022 - 2031"- Ken Gargett, winepilot.com.
The acclaimed Henschke family, foundation members of Australia’s First Families of Wine, arrived in South Australia in 1841 after Johann Christian Henschke migrated from Silesia (Germany). Each generation has contributed to the legend with fourth generation Cyril Henschke pioneering varietal, single-vineyard wines in the 1950s, most famously Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace Shiraz.
Fifth Generation winemaker Stephen and his viticulturist wife Prue have won many awards for their talent, innovation and integration of vineyard and winery. They lead the way with biodynamic and organic principles. Henschke wines are hand crafted and deeply personal, reflecting the unique terroir of vineyards: the wine names tell either a personal story of the family or the cultural history of their region.
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