Awarded International Red Winemaker of the Year and subsequently Australian Winemaker of the Year.
One of Australia's true great wine treasures, Keyneton Estate is often the first premium wine from this most famous of producers that people try. 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 by Paul Gotthard Henschke and later led by third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke and featured wonderful wind instruments, 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.
Stephen and Prue employ both organic and biodynamic practices to produce wines of excitement, fascination and of the highest quality to ensure together they produce variety and style within their Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills vineyards to maximise quality and ensure the healthiest possible future. Henschke have in recent years begun to identify and single out great quality parcels of Shiraz fruit that deserves to be bottled separately and released as part of their Vineyard Selection. The Tappa Pass Shiraz is sourced from old low yielding Barossa vineyards that shows amazing depth and concentration. Rich, lush and intense it will develop further complexity with bottle age.
Halliday rated 96 points
The Good Food Guide rated 96 points (2009 Vintage)
2012 Winner South Australian Wine Industry Awards.
Rated 93 points - The Age/Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2012, Nick Stock (Australia, New Zealand) - (2008 Vintage)
Highly charged and fragrant blackberry, liquorice and prune aromas; lots of dark chocolate joins in on the palate, with very good French oak in support. A particularly auspicious debut.- James Halliday, 2011 (2009 vintage).
"A solid and sturdy shiraz that has classic Barossa fruit character of ripe dark plums and blackberries; hints of dark-leaved roasting herbs too. The palate rolls out with depth and showy concentrated flavour. It all holds together as a punchy, long and solid Shiraz plum, blackberry and complex spice here. Approachable; dark-chocolate finish".
Tasting Note: The ripe, ultra-concentrated palate has rich sweet fruit and is complex, dense and layered with velvety tannins; exceptional depth and length.