Henschke Keyneton Estate Shiraz Cabernet 1997 Barossa Valley
One of Australia's famous producers, the Henschke family has been making wine for more than 150 years and is home of the world-renowned Hill of Grace. The Keyneton Estate is a wonderful (and more wallet-friendly) introduction to its range. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and malbec from low-yielding, ungrafted vines from sites across the Barossa and Eden Valleys, it's matured in oak barrels for 15 months for before bottling. A warm summer saved the 1997 vintage's rain-soaked start, and the result is a beautifully mature red which opens with tobacco, leather and balsam, leading to a fleshy, supple palate with dried strawberries, cassis and violets. It finishes some with ground coffee, black pepper and Australia's characteristic eucalyptus with a fresh, effortless acidity tying it all together. Pure class, and proof that Australia is more than capable of creating age worthy wines.