1999 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon, Henschke, Eden Valley
From the Henschke Eden Valley vineyard, established in 1966 by the Australian winemaking pioneer and patriarch Cyril Henschke. North-facing at 500m elevation, it was originally planted to syrah and riesling vines, with cabernet in later years added, this being first bottled in 1976. The label adopted 'Cyril' in memoriam when he passed away three years later. Here, the very warm 1999 vintage which, given Eden Valley's relative cool climate, rendered proper ripeness and thus pronounced varietal flavour that has, almost twenty-five years on, evolved into something ever more complex and intriguing.
"A fabulous offering is the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyril Henschke. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged completely in French oak, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to an elegant perfume of black fruits, loamy soil, and hints of mineral as well as spicy wood. Medium to full-bodied, pure, layered, and impeccably made, this elegant Cabernet will drink well for 12-15 years." 94 points, The Wine Advocate
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