97 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 2017 Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz is another classic rendition of Barossa Shiraz from Henschke. Deep crimson with purple hues, this has vibrant aromas of herb, thyme, bay leaf, violets, cedar overlaying deeper notes of plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, cloves and anise. Plush and succulent plum, blackberry, blueberry and mulberry fruits provide purity to the well-balanced, bright palate. The tannins are beautifully fine and velvety, extending with lingering flavours of baking spices and garrigue herbs for a long, elegant finish.
"97 Points. Very good colour; the cool vintage has produced a finely wrought, intense and powerful wine with a special array of forest berry/dark spices and hints of sweet earth. The palate is very long and persistent, and has perfect balance of fruit, oak and tannins."- James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 1 August 2020
"96 Points. The wine is deeply coloured but not overwhelming in a bright and pure style. There are many layers of fruit – mulberry, spice and sage plus a touch of French oak. But in the mouth it becomes surprisingly muscular – with powerful fruit, balanced acid and tannins in a more mid-weight style with classic Henschke balance. Long and understated – a lovely expression of Barossan Shiraz. The wine is not immediately obvious but really delivers in balance and complexity which is a very good sign for long-aging potential. Drink: 2025 - 2037" - Angus Hughson, 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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