Henschke, Keyneton Euphonium, Barossa, South Australia, 2010
This wine: lot No. L13014 (on back label), a blend of 45% shiraz, 36% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 2% cabernet franc; matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (85% French and 15% US) oak hogsheads (~360 litres) for 18 months, then blended and bottled; screw cap closure, 14% abv, Luvians, £33 (03/19)
Consumer tasting note: a pale ruby shiraz-cabernet dominated blend, plus splashes of merlot and cabernet franc, with aromas of red plum, black berries and cherry, cedar, chocolate, and hints of black currant and liquorice; medium bodied, a smooth silky texture and low-key tannins, with a palate of black currant juice and black cherry, cedar and spice. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will improve over 2-4 years, and keep longer– Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red plum, black berry, hints of struck match with a herbaceous edge, cedar, waxy, spicy, red plum jam, black cherry, hint of black liquorice, touch of smoke, edge of toast, savoury, a hint of creamy chocolate, whiffs of black currant.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, silky medium (-) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth silky texture, with flavours of blackcurrant juice, black cherry, more delicate squashed ripe black berry, dark plum jam, touch of spice, black boiled sweets, hint of cedar. A long length with a clean black currant boiled sweet, savoury edged finish.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity and silky smooth low-key, but present tannins, with alcohol; altogether harmonious with the sound intensity and similar concentration; showing moderate-high complexity from time in well-integrated wood (cedar, chocolate, smoke, spice, toast), and bottle (savoury, wax), follows into a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-5 years, and keep longer – a sound acid-tannin structure, plenty of intensity, concentration and length, with residual secondary notes from time in wood, still some primary fruit, and a developing tertiary profile.