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for more information see listing in the Eden Valley region


Henschke, one of Australia's best medium sized producers, is located in the Eden Valley. In 1984 on Prue Henschke's advice they established a vineyard in the apple orchards of Lenswood (high up at 550m) to grow Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are many clones being trialled here. The Alan Reserve is the super=premium only out in best vintages.


In September 2006 I was lucky enough to try a portfolio of Lenswood sourced wines in the presence of Stephen Henschke and James Halliday (who was launching his Wine Companion at the time).


Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Henschke The Alan Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($93)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, focussed, spicy and elegant black cherry and dark plums with hints of kirsch, good length and suppleness with fine minerality, slippery fine grained tannins and well judged acidity for a longer cellaring style, clove-cinnamon oak, from a very good vintage (*****)

Henschke Giles Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, Gold Medal at Adelaide Hills Regional Wine Show 2014. perfumed glazed blackberry, kirsch and dark plums with violet and beetroot notes, sour-edged medium bodied palate with warm earthiness, firm dusty tannins and overt chocolate/cinnamon oak (****)

Henschke Lenswood Greenís Hill Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, from a challenging hot then cold vintage following on from the difficult flowering Spring conditions that greatly reduced yields, quite spicy, fragrant and succulent showing lemon sherbet, flint and green apple, the dry palate is lightly minerally and rounded with a steely finish but is fractionally short (***1/2)

Henschke Giles Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, multi-clonal, wild yeast ferment, silky and spicy redcurrant and red cherry with touches of strawberry and mint, light-medium bodied with underlying warm earthiness, fresh stemmy acids from the whole bunch inclusion, some cedar-chocolate oak on the lingering savoury finish (****)

Henschke Lenswood Croft Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, whole bunch pressed, no malo, slightly bigger and sturdy than usual reflecting the vintage but has enough focus and length, white peach, pear and apricot kernel, restrained cashew-vanilla oak, tangy lemon rind acidity (***1/2)

Henschke Lenswood Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, vibrant and pure varietal expression of lime and lemon with a hint of passionfruit, clean and crisp elegant palate builds up to a richly powdered minerally and slatey finish (****)

Henschke Abbot’s Prayer Lenswood Merlot 2001

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, intenesly spicy mulberry and other red fruits with olive notes, deep set fruit but medium bodied with some leafy and craked pepper features, still showing a long, firm tannic backbone (****)

Henschke Giles Lenswood Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, fragrant red and black cherry aromas, medium bodied with subtle black pepper and cinnamon, good length and balanced tannins, slightly confectionary raspberry fruit definition lets it down (***1/2)

Henschke Littlehampton Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2004

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: August 2006, grassy style, clear varietal pear flavours with musc and spice complexity, quite deep from lees contact, crisp finish (***1/2)