Serious concentration of both fruit and tannin is evident in the wines of 2016, due in part to the unusually dry conditions. Cassis, blood plum and dark chocolate are all front runners here.
The greatest Riesling producer in Victoria and for many wine lovers has emerged as the greatest Riesling producer in the nation.
John and Catherine Thomson planted the vineyard in 1975 at Crawford River, in far south-west Victoria. They were inspired by its potential to produce superior quality grapes after researching & experiencing many grape growing areas of the world. It was a relatively unexplored wine growing region and indeed remains merely a blot on the canvas. The area is now known as the GI of Henty.
Since the initial plantings in the mid 1970´s, there have been 2 more small plantings. Believing in the fine quality of the Semillon included in the original plantings, John and Catherine added another 0.7 Ha of the variety in the early 1990´s. In 2000, another block of Riesling & Cabernet was added, which now produces the Young Vines Riesling & Rose wines.
"Cabernets off this mighty, mighty Henty vineyard. Classics. And the shift to organic farming must be the feather in the very nice, fancy cap. Pencil shaving, shaving foam oak scents with dark cherry, black currants, figs and a spice mix that includes cedar, clove and juniper. Savoury to taste, softer, deeply fruited, dark berries and plum, salted preserved plum character, such ease and flow here, high quality tannin, such lovely texture, smoothness, beauty. Wonderful expression." 94pts - Mike Bennie - WineFront