Henschke has decided to release the 2014 Mount Edelstone Shiraz ahead of the 2013. “The 2013 needs patience,” Stephen Henschke says. “It is a structural beauty, though slower developing. After only three years (the 2014) is perfectly poised for release, already showing the hallmark characters of this vineyard.” The 2014 is the 62nd release from the Mount Edelstone vineyard, which is now 105 years old. According to the presser, 2014 “is a tiny release from a season that delivered very low yields, well below the average for this site.”
It’s quite a beauty. Satiny. Curranty. A flood of smooth, berried fruit with fragrant herbs, peppers and blossoms floating throughout. It’s warm and rich but there’s more than a little enchantment to it. It’s pretty, as is the Edelstone way, but substantial. Tannin is fine and just-assertive-enough. There’s a smoky, peppery, almost meaty character here but it comes enmeshed with the fruit. You have to enjoy the warmer style of shiraz, certainly, but it’s a long way from being overdone and it really is quite seriously beautiful. It can also be consumed any time from now, give or take. Drink 2017-2029+
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.