HENSCHKE “Henry’s Seven” 2021
(Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia) $46
It can sometimes seem as though Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a lock on grenache-syrah-mourvèdre blends, and making them into one of the most delicious wines alive. Ah, but then one would be forgetting that Australia has been blending these three grapes together for well over a century. Henry’s Seven—made by the uber-famous Australian winery Henschke—leads with syrah in the blend, and the wine is a slow arc of beauty and purity. Extremely vivid and alive, it sings with menthol, anise, violet, and blackberry flavors. And the texture lives hedonistically somewhere between silk and velvet. Henry’s Seven is a tribute to Henry Evans, one of the early pioneers of the Eden Valley, who planted 7 acres of vineyard there in 1853.
96 points KM
Available at Wine.com