Henschke, Croft Chardonnay 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Region:

    South Australia

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Johan Henschke

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Pale straw with lime hues. A complex, lifted nose showing fragrant white peach, pear skin and custard apple, with almond blossom florals and nuances of clove spice, lime peel and nougat. The palate is pure with flavours of white peach and pear skin balanced by linearminerality and a creamy texture around a tight framework; hints of anise and well-integrated French oak on a long, seamless finish.

Production Notes

Whole-bunch pressed, fermented in 28% new and 72% seasoned French barriques and aged for 10 months with fortnightly lees stirring for the first two months, followed by gentle stirring as required thereafter.

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Producer Profile

Henschke is one of the leading winemakers and grapegrowers in Australia. Henschke is recognised for its rich heritage, innovative spirit and commitment to handcrafting exceptional wines for 150 years. The family grape growing and winemaking tradition spans six generations, from outstanding sustainable vineyards in Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. The small-medium wine business has an annual crush of 700 tonne and employs around 50 staff. Over the last 30 years Stephen and Prue Henschke have nurtured 105 hectares of vineyard, spanning from Eden Valley to Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills wine region. Stephen and Prue continue to craft their white wines with a focus on purity, while their red wines have a strong focus on terroir, using traditional winemaking techniques. Prue and Stephen are the current keepers of the flame. Just as earlier generations have done, we want to manage the vineyards and winery so they can be passed on to the next generation in better condition than we inherited them. The last 50 years have been an incredible journey for the Australian wine industry. Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone are arguably the two oldest single vineyard wines produced in this country that tell the wine story of Australia. Our vision would not be complete without the expectation that future generations will uphold and perpetuate our belief that such ancient and unique single-vineyard sites can produce exceptional wines that are prized for their beauty and rarity. Stephen has retained the traditional approach to red winemaking used by his forebears. They handled the wines gently; used minimal racking, low sulphur, gentle fining and filtration. Stephen's forebears took a puristic, holistic approach that had been passed down from generation to generation so it was almost intuitive. At the 50 Years of Hill of Grace celebration in 2008 when Stephen tasted every vintage, some for the first time, he was struck by how closely he was emulating his father's winemaking of the late 1950s and the 60s with his minimal intervention techniques. With the advanced viticultural practices of today, of course, the greatest focus is given to the quality of fruit in the vineyard. And just as success of the reds is largely attributed to fruit quality, so too is the quality of the whites. If Stephen shows a traditional influence with red winemaking, then it is true to say he has been influenced by his German studies for the whites. In a way he is using the best of Old World tradition coupled with New World technology. He retains a purity of fruit through careful handling of the juice and wine, which brings out the intense, varietally pure perfumes of the natural grape flavours. Combine this with the today's technology and taste the resulting whites and it is clear that Stephen has created a new direction for Henschke that his forebears could never have imagined. In recent years they have welcomed next-generation family members into the business. Their son Johann, has carried on the family winemaking tradition in his capacity as winemaker and viticulturist since 2013, as the fifth and sixth-generations transition through this important period of the transfer of knowledge, skills, and traditions.