Adelaide Hills Region, Australia
In 1981, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased a property in the Adelaide Hills with the intention of planting varieties well suited to the cooler climate of the region. The vineyard was originally part of a beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forest that were destroyed by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864.
Matured on lees in 35% new and 65% used French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Crimson in colour with ruby hues. Fragrant, perfumed aromas of strawberries, cherries and cream, and wild forest berries with subtle hints of cloves and spices. The rich, juicy palate is tightly wound with layers of crushed herbs and mint, rolling into subtle red currant and wild berry fruit flavours, while the beautiful acid balance and fine-grained tannins provide a long and velvety finish.
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage).