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Henschke Cyril Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 1999 750mL

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The cabernet sauvignon label continues to carry the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemakers and pioneers in the production of varietal table wines.

Cyril Henschke planted Cabernet at Eden Valley in the late 1960s.

1999 Vintage:  The latter part of spring led into one of the hottest summers on record, with virtually no rain. The drought conditions resulted in smaller berry size producing spicy dark intense reds. Tropical cyclones Elaine and Vance brought unseasonal rains in mid-March, causing widespread botrytis problems requiring careful handpicking. 1999 proved to be another challenging vintage for Eden Valley although the final quality results made it worthwhile.

 

Description: Deep crimson in colour. Sweet lifted cassis, redcurrant, anise, tar, violets and cedar with liqueur chocolate hints. A complex bouquet of bright black briary forest berry fruits with lush dusty aromas. Sweet fruit, rich, complex, compact, concentrated palate with fruit and dusty tannins; fleshy with firm fine grained chewy tannins on the very long finish.

 

Serving Idea: Roast leg of lamb with double-peeled broad beans or fresh peas with thyme butter.

 

Professional Reviews

94/100
The Wine Advocate
A fabulous offering is the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Cyril Henschke. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged completely in French oak, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to an elegant perfume of black fruits, loamy soil, and hints of mineral as well as spicy wood. Medium to full-bodied, pure, layered, and impeccably made, makes this an elegant Cabernet.
WA, Robert Parker Jr. Issue: #148



92/100
Wine Companion
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is flooded with clean, fragrant blackcurrant and cassis fruit; quite lush fruit marks the entry through to the mid palate, then becomes much finer and more elegant towards the finish. A significant success for the vintage.
, James Halliday Issue: Jan 2002



14/20
Jancis Robinson
Simple, green rhubarb flavours. Very hard and charmless. Drying.
JR, Jancis Robinson Issue: Nov 2005
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Overview

The cabernet sauvignon label continues to carry the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemakers and pioneers in the production of varietal table wines.

Cyril Henschke planted Cabernet at Eden Valley in the late 1960s.

1999 Vintage:  The latter part of spring led into one of the hottest summers on record, with virtually no rain. The drought conditions resulted in smaller berry size producing spicy dark intense reds. Tropical cyclones Elaine and Vance brought unseasonal rains in mid-March, causing widespread botrytis problems requiring careful handpicking. 1999 proved to be another challenging vintage for Eden Valley although the final quality results made it worthwhile.

 

Description: Deep crimson in colour. Sweet lifted cassis, redcurrant, anise, tar, violets and cedar with liqueur chocolate hints. A complex bouquet of bright black briary forest berry fruits with lush dusty aromas. Sweet fruit, rich, complex, compact, concentrated palate with fruit and dusty tannins; fleshy with firm fine grained chewy tannins on the very long finish.

 

Serving Idea: Roast leg of lamb with double-peeled broad beans or fresh peas with thyme butter.

 

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Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Brand Cyril
Country Australia
Area / Appellation South Australia
Region Barossa
Sub Region Eden Valley
Vintage 1999
Format 750mL
Alcohol Volume 15%
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Description

The cabernet sauvignon label continues to carry the name Cyril Henschke (1924-1979) as a tribute to one of Australia’s outstanding winemakers and pioneers in the production of varietal table wines.

Cyril Henschke planted Cabernet at Eden Valley in the late 1960s.

1999 Vintage:  The latter part of spring led into one of the hottest summers on record, with virtually no rain. The drought conditions resulted in smaller berry size producing spicy dark intense reds. Tropical cyclones Elaine and Vance brought unseasonal rains in mid-March, causing widespread botrytis problems requiring careful handpicking. 1999 proved to be another challenging vintage for Eden Valley although the final quality results made it worthwhile.

 

Description: Deep crimson in colour. Sweet lifted cassis, redcurrant, anise, tar, violets and cedar with liqueur chocolate hints. A complex bouquet of bright black briary forest berry fruits with lush dusty aromas. Sweet fruit, rich, complex, compact, concentrated palate with fruit and dusty tannins; fleshy with firm fine grained chewy tannins on the very long finish.

 

Serving Idea: Roast leg of lamb with double-peeled broad beans or fresh peas with thyme butter.

 

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