Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008 75cl Bottle

  • Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008 75cl Bottle
    Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2008 75cl Bottle
    Red Wine
    Limited stock, moving to 2012 soon. Pale crimson ruby in colour. Lifted aromas of sweet, fragrant, spicy cherries and cream with vanilla, toasted cashews, tomato stem and sappy hints. The soft and juicy, supple, layered palate is medium weight and shows sweet strawberry/cherry fruits, delicate structure and fine tighter-style velvety tannins finishing with good length. Excellent to Exceptional white vintage with below average yields. Matured on lees in 40% new and 60% used French barriques for 9 months prior to blending and bottling. Stephen and Prue Henschke, fifth-generation winemakers at Kkeyneton, selected Lenswood in 1981 to pioneer a new vineyard site, just 50km from their ancient Mount Eedelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards. At 570m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants have managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864. The 2006 vintage shaped up as another high quality year but with only average yields in the Eeden Valley and Adelaide Hills. After a late break in mid-June 2005, winter and spring rains were some of the best for years in the lead-up to flowering in early summer. Some varieties, such as riesling and shiraz, suffered more than others from poor set, leading to hen and chicken. While there was some damage in Valley from frost, this had only a minor impact on the overall yield; however, yields in most varieties were down by 15-20%.The summer was mild with southerly winds, reminiscent of 2002. Brief heat waves occurred in late January and mid-February but were early enough not to affect quality, with only minor sunburn on exposed fruit.Whites were nearly all picked by the end of March, an unusual situation. Very good vintage, drink now to 2011.
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