Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2018

Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2018

 

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Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Eden Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Rich and Spicy
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot

"Soft and complex, with ripe berry and chocolate flavors, showing hints of apricot and coffee as the finish lingers gracefully. This has fine tannins and presence." Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator, 15 June 2015 - 92 Pts

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 96 2018
JH James Halliday 96 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 94 2018
RP Robert Parker 93 2018
DCT Decanter 96 2016
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Deep crimson with garnet hues. Complex, vibrant aromas of violets, plums, blackberries and cassis with dried rosemary, thyme and oregano nuances, and a hint of beef stock, cedar and star anise.

The palate is powerful yet incredibly finely structured with layers of plums, blackberries and red currants, guided by elegant acidity and tannins that integrate with the fruit and lead to a long, fine, beguiling finish.

James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2018)
Beautiful, attractive cabernet characters with cigars, tobacco leaf, currants, savory tapenade and sweet roasted chili peppers. Cocoa powder and star anise, too. Intense, but remaining fluid with a bright, red-fruited center palate followed by a lengthy, layered finish, full of Spanish chocolate and cigar box characters. Lasting almost a minute.

James Halliday (JH) : 96 Points (2018)
Some of the vines for this wine were planted by Cyril Henschke back in the 1960s. Matured in French oak (10% new) for 18 months. Bright blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with top notes of redcurrant and red cherry. Olive tapenade, cedar, light briar notes and mountain herbs. Fine lacy acidity and tight, powdery tannin provide the frame, and there is no doubt that this release will age magnificently. (3/2023)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 94 Points (2018)
Oh-so-Henschke in style, this distinctive Cab is rich and lucid, with a heady nose of stewed plums and blackcurrant cordial, and an underbelly of iodine and beet root, that leads to a silky, succulent palate that's laced with ripe, chalky, tannins, and a blackberry finish. A few years of bottle age puts this in a sexy spot now, but it can go another decade at least.

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2018)
The 2018 vintage of the Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon marks the 38th release of this wine. The 3.2-hectare single vineyard from which the fruit hails is planted on a combination of sandy loam and clay, over a bedrock of mica schist. The 2018 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, matured in a combination of new (10%) and seasoned (the balance) French oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. On the nose, tobacco leaf, blackberry, resin/tar, salted licorice and vanilla pod rise to the fore. In the mouth, the wine is fluid, pretty and composed, with a restrained outlay of flavors across the long finish. I had thought initially that the wine displayed aromatically as quite green; a glance at the numbers told me this might be unlikely (14.5% alcohol, pH 3.56, total acidity 6.5 gram per liter); however, there are certainly inflections in the mouth that support this notion. This is very elegant. The cassis is revealed as the wine opens. Give it time.Rating:93+

Decanter (DCT) : 96 Points (2016)
A classy nose, where notes of earth, gravel, cedar and lilac join plush, ripe, blackcurrant and cassis fruit. Juicy blackcurrants to the fore on the deep palate, mingling with fleshier mulberry, dried mint, earth and compost nuances along with an amplified floral accent – heady lilacs versus the violets of 2015. Powdery, mouthcoating tannins and ripe, redcurrant acidity underpin the long, mineral wet-stone finish. This marathon runner wears its plush fruit and firm structure lightly. (3/2021)

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Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet 2018 Reviewed by James Suckling 11-03-2024 . Score: 5