2010 Henschke "Keyneton Estate Euphonium" Barossa Valley Red Blend

SKU #1142401 94 points James Halliday

 A 70/18/12% blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Strong crimson-purple; a richly robed and structured blend, with an array of black fruits, plum, spice and a dash of dark chocolate; the oak and tannin contributions are both important, pivotal to the texture, structure and longevity of the wine.  (3/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Keyneton Euphonium is a blend of 70% Shiraz, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot that reveals lovely, crushed blueberry and warm blackberry notes fused with hints of black currant cordial, vanilla, dried Provencal herbs and mint. Medium to full-bodied, it has a concentrated and muscular core supported by a crisp acid line and a firm backbone of grainy tannins throughout the long finish. Approachable now, it will drink to 2021+. (92+)  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Tasted at the Icons of Australia tasting along side Henschke's Mt. Edelstone and Hill of Grace bottlings and this wine probably showed better than both! One of the highlights of the year for me. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Australian Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "This magnificent wine is grown in Eden Valley and Barossa Valley. It is matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. Tasting Notes: Deep red magenta in colour. An intense nose of dark forest fruits, plums, dried herbs and spices with hints of anise, cassis and cedar. The concentrated palate is lush and rich showing bright fruit characters; nicely textured with velvety tannins, elegant structure and a long finish."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2014  | Send Email
A solid wine, higher acid notes will lend this to aging well for another decade plus. Drinking well now after some serious decanting.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.