Country: Australia Region: Barossa, South Australia
Grape Varieties: 66% Syrah/Shiraz , 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Producer: Henschke Estate
Description: Keyneton Euphonium is a beautiful composition of Shiraz from up to 50-year-old vines growing in the Eden and Barossa Valleys, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from selected vineyards in both regions, some of which were planted by Cyril Henschke at his Eden Valley property in the 1960's. 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, founded in 1888. It featured wind instruments such as a B flat euphonium, a large brass wind instrument, which has been lovingly restored and remains in the Henschke family.
TASTING NOTES: Deep crimson with garnet hues, this wine is enticing on the nose, with aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis, enveloped by herbal notes of sage and bay leaf that lead to subtle nuances of red fruits, black pepper, vanilla and cedar. The palate displays purity, balance and texture and offers rich flavours of red and blackcurrant, dried herbs and black pepper. Velvety tannins provide great length and complexity.