2002 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon


2002 Henschke Cyril Henschke Mount Edelstone Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2002 Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon is made from Eden Valley vines planted in the 1960’s by Cyril Henschke.  This label is named after Cyril Henschke who was one of Australia’s exceptional winemakers and a pioneer in the production of red table wines.  The 2002 Cyril Henschke is made from a blend of cabernet sauvignon 75%, cabernet franc and merlot, 12.5% each.

The 2002 vintage was exceptional for Henschke, it was cool and windy, virtually a non summer.  The proceeding winter was wet and spring was cool, drizzle and cool temperatures affected flowering which resulted in poor fruit set commonly known as ‘hen and chicken’, leading to very little fruit.   Adding to this, the season was about 3 weeks late with smaller crop levels.  Despite the pitiful crop, the balance of sugar, flavour and natural acidity in the fruit were excellent.  The 2002 vintage will be remembered as one of Henschke’s best vintages, aided by a warm, dry Indian summer and autumn, it’s produced a Cyril Henschke of extra ordinary colours, sensational flavours and ageing potential.

The 2002 Henschke Cyril Henschke is deep crimson in colour.  On the nose the 2002 Henschke Cyril Henschke possess an alluring bouquet of violets, cedar and cassis, hints of chocolate, anise and herbs.  The palate is fleshy and sweet, beautifully structured and very complex. The wine is tight with a silky texture and fine-grained tannins.