Maturation: Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned (85% French and 15% American) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Cellaring: Excellent Vintage, 25+ years
Background: The Barossa hills village of Keyneton, pioneered by pastoralist Joseph Keynes in 1842, was a musical and cultural focus for the early settlers, and was home to the Henschke Family Brass Band and the Henschke winery. The Henschke Family Band was founded in 1888 and featured wonderful wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, cornet and E flat clarinet. The B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, was made by the famous Zimmermann factory in Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century. The instruments were imported by musical entrepreneur, Carl Engel of Adelaide in the late 1900s and have been lovingly restored and remain in the Henschke family.
Tasting Note: Deep crimson colour. Aromas of blackberry, mulberry and ripe plums with notes of crushed fresh bay leaf and sage, black pepper, clove and cedar. The palate is rich and lush, layers of texture, velvety fine-grained tannins and great length.