2017 Henschke The Wheelwright Shiraz
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  • Biodynamic

2017 Henschke The Wheelwright Shiraz

Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$140. 00 Bottle
$1680.00 Dozen
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Other Reviews....
Eden Valley shiraz from estate vines, planted in 1968 and matured in 10% new oak (95/5% French/American) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending. Notes of mulberry, blueberry and redcurrant flit above the bass tones of dark and black berries, cut with spice, licorice, dark chocolate, sage and a scattering of brambly, briar-like notes. Graceful red fruits and spice feature on the palate which, like all Henschke wines, shows detail and elegance with perhaps a little more red fruit coming through. The balance and clarity of form impresses greatly. Drink by 2036.
96 Points
Dave Brookes - James Halliday's Wine Companion (January 2022)

This has a very elegant feel with sultry and earthy tones, as well as white pepper, raspberry and redcurrant aromas. Spicy and vivid. There’s freshness and elegance to the quite refined and fine-boned palate, as well as a peppery edge. Fine tannins hold fresh and long. Drink over the next six years. Screw cap.
94 Points
JamesSuckling.com (April 2022)

Planted in 1968, in the cooler part of the Mount Lofty Ranges in Eden Valley, this is the third release of this wine. Lean, spicy and with brilliant concentration (sans weight), the 2017 The Wheelwright Single Vineyard Shiraz is an elegant wine of line and poise. The finish rounds out into a bruised plum, purple jube, licorice character that adds a hint of sweetness to the affair. This may sound a little left of center, but there’s a (good) sweet balsamic roast beetroot character in the very center of the wine that brings on an earthy, sweet, bloody character. All very Eden in terms of fruit, but very distinct too. As it opens up, it becomes more vibrant—fresher, even. Yet it remains slightly sinewy and savory at its heart. Drink 2022 - 2037.
93 Points
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2022)

The epitome of elegance with its sheen of silky, pure red fruits and lissome acidity, in 2017 this Eden Valley Shiraz is closer to Adelaide Hills geographically and in spirit. Medium-bodied, the beguiling strawberry and plum palate is delicately scented with pink peppercorn, coltsfoot, pine needle and black pepper. Subtle undertones of moss, twig and wattleseed draw you in further. Drinking beautifully now, with soft grainy tannins to the finish and lingering spice. Drink 2022 - 2037.
95 Points
Sarah Ahmed - Decanter.com (March 2022)

This comes from the Cyril Henschke, 1960s planted vineyard. A couple of special blocks of shiraz. “2017 is a great year for vineyard expression”, offers Stephen Henschke in a quip.
Riddled with exotic spice, earth, dried herbs, undergrowth, dark cherry and plummy fruit underlying. Feels lively to taste, a fresh, succulent flow of inky, dark fruit, more of the spice, almost tactile and piquant with a cavalcade of salted black olives, cherry sweetness, and mulchy, leafy herbs too. Open weave tannins, soft, a little gummy and puckering to finish; a bit one speed, but pleasing. Something compelling here, no doubt. Drink 2022 - 2035+
92 Points
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (March 2022)

Transparent garnet. Lusciously ripe nose but extremely fresh on the palate, with medicinal and herbal top notes. Only medium body, despite the alcoholic strength, but this opens up most impressively on the finish – a real fan of flavour! I tasted this over several days and found it really opened up with time, which bodes well for its longevity. Real lift and truly beautiful texture on the finish with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. You could drink this now but do aerate it well before serving. Drink 2022 – 2035.
17+ / 20 Points
JancisRobinson.com (March 2022)