Henschke & Tily's Vineyard - Adelaide Hills

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Cold Store Rd
Lenswood SA 5240
Australia
Phone: 08 8564 8223
Fax: 08 8564 8294
Email: info@henschke.com.au

Henschke Adelaide Hills vineyard is located in the sub-region of Lenswood.

In the days of vineyard expansion, during the late 1970s, the words on everybody's lips were ‘Coonawarra cabernet'. Henschke was unique in having cabernet sauvignon planted at Eden Valley and winning wide acclaim for it, so the Coonawarra cabernet lure was not so enticing. But there was another grape variety which was proving to be difficult, namely pinot noir, with chardonnay coming up behind. A really good pinot noir is a dream to drink, with rich wild berry flavours that fill out in the mouth with voluptuous silkiness. Nobody was really succeeding with this style and, although

Australia had developed its own chardonnay style, the palate structure and length was also lacking in the chardonnays. From Prue's studies at Geisenheim Wine Institute, Germany, she was aware that palate-feel comes from the amount of ‘Extrakt' or a measure of th soluble solids in a wine such as polysaccherides, glycerols, phenolics and a whole range of other compounds. These two varieties obviously need the less stressed growing season as experienced in the best years in Europe.

Australia's hot dry summers which produce the big and equally voluptuous shiraz wines wasn't working for pinot noir. Prue was employed at Roseworthy Agricultural College as a technical assistant in viticulture at the same time that Dr Richard Smart and Peter Dry were summarising the viticultural climates in Australia, and the Adelaide Hills looked good. From Prue's university days studying botany she knew that the Adelaide Hills was a unique, wetter, more humid, botanically rich region which could not be found anywhere else in South Australia. Why go to Coonawarra when Lenswood could prove to be good vineyard country and was only three-quarters of an hour away?

Frost was a potential problem, hence Prue and Stephen selected land with steeper slopes, covered in apple, cherry and pear trees. The future vineyard was positioned right at the top end of a long beautiful valley of apple orchards and natural forests at an altitude of 550m, an annual rainfall of 1134mm and 15km north-east of Mount Lofty (700m). The area stays green until January and the humidity is greater than the lower-lying regions. They felt like invaders into this peaceful apple kingdom until the 1983 bushfires wiped out the whole orchard and made the changeover to vines easier. Planting began in earnest in 1984.

 

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