Henschke Henry’s Seven 2015
This is easily the tastiest vintage of this Henschke red I’ve tried.
So Henry’s Seven is named after Henry Evans who planted seven acres of vineyard at Keyneton in 1853. Apparently, Evans enjoyed quite a reputation for his wines, but then when he died 15yrs later, his wife uprooted the vines and shuttered the winery. As you do.
Anyway, this is 65% Shiraz, 20% Grenache, 10% Mataro and 5% Viognier. Some vintages have seen the Viognier stick out and the style a bit sweet and simple. But this ’15 is bang on.
Purple fuschia coloured, the joy here is the spicy purple fruit. It’s everywhere and it’s mighty enticing. Juicy. Open. Lively. Underneath it’s polished, juicy, slurpy and purple fruited, yet with more weight and seriousness than some mono-dimensional joven red. There’s volume here, even if the tannins are light and the style is more of a short-to-medium term prospect.
Enjoyable every which way.
Best drinking: 2016-2025. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.5%, $37. Would I buy it? I’d go a bottle for sure.