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Henschke Louis Semillon 2022

Henschke Louis Semillon 2022

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The prestigious Australian winery Henschke has remained a family-owned establishment for over 153 years and six generations. Situated in Keyneton, South Australia, within the esteemed Eden Valley wine region, Henschke proudly stands as a distinguished member of Australia's First Families of Wine. Since its inception in 1862, when Johann Christian Henschke planted a modest vineyard in Keyneton, the Henschke family has continuously crafted exceptional wines, forging a legacy of excellence with vineyards in the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, including acclaimed single-vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone.

The fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Carl Henschke and his viticulturist wife Prue took over the operation of the winery in 1979 and they are recognised around the world for their exceptional quality wines, innovative spirit, focus on restoring native vegetation, organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard. Johann Stephen Henschke, the eldest of Stephen and Prue’s three children has become the sixth generation member of the Henschke family since 1983. With the background of higher education in wine making, viticulture and oenology, Johann is now based at the family winery as winemaker and viticulturist while playing an important role of transferring his skill set and knowledge from the fifth to sixth generation. As the next generation prepares to navigate the well-documented challenges that lie ahead, Johann recognizes the indispensability of innovation and meticulous strategic planning. However, amidst these considerations, he firmly believes in upholding the time-honoured winemaking techniques that have been cherished by the Henschke family for generations. By ensuring that the legacy of Henschke is nurtured with the same prudence and care as it has always been, Johann and his peers can pass on a heritage that will endure and command the same esteemed reputation that it enjoys today.

Henschke's commitment to excellence and sustainable wine production has garnered well-deserved recognition and accolades. In 2021, the winery was honoured as the Wine Enthusiast New World Winery of the Year, a testament to their exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to pushing the boundaries of winemaking in the New World. Furthermore, Henschke was also named the Winery of the Year by the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion, solidifying their position as a leader in the industry. Additionally, Henschke's unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmentally conscious practices has been acknowledged with the prestigious Robert Parker Wine Advocate Green Emblem. This recognition highlights their remarkable efforts in reducing environmental impact while producing outstanding wines. Henschke's unwavering pursuit of excellence and dedication to sustainable practices make them a true icon in the world of wine.

This wine is a tribute to Louis Edmund Henschke (1919-1990), the fourth-generation grower of the Hill of Grace Vineyard. His expertise and dedication as a vigneron has meant that his legacy has resulted in the renowned vineyard being maintained using long-term organic practices. The Louis Semillon is a reserve selection from 50-year-old vines, grown on the Henschke Eden Valley Vineyard. This wine was fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the aromatic fruit characters. 

Pale straw with lime green hues. Fragrant aromas of lemon blossom and white flowers are intertwined with Kaffir lime leaf, white peach, honeysuckle, shortcrust pastry and fresh-cut herbs. The palate is intense and focussed with layers of lemon curd, Granny Smith apple, grapefruit pith, crushed oregano and clove, balanced by mineral acidity and a long citrus finish.

Seriously good release. Dry and structural but with genuine and distinctive flavour. Fennel and preserved citrus, chalk and fragrant green herbs, lemonade and minerals. The length, the texture, the cut; everything is singing here. This will mature beautifully. - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 94 Points.

The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal -  Semillon
Country - Australia
Region - Eden Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 2022
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 12.5%

 

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