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Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018

14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2018
  • WS 91
  • WE 95
  • WA 92
  • DEC 91
  • JS 95
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    Made by Johann Henschke, the Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 stands out as a refined and robust red wine from the renowned Henschke Winery. This blend is meticulously crafted from 65% Shiraz, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot, harvested between March 9 and April 20, 2018, from the Eden and Barossa Valleys.

    The 2018 ‘Euphonium’ shows a deep crimson color with vibrant ruby hues. On the nose, it offers lifted aromas of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant, and cassis complemented by Satsuma plum, blueberry, and subtle floral notes of anise and violets. Hints of black pepper and cedar add complexity to the rich bouquet.

    As you taste, the wine unfolds rich and concentrated flavors of dark plum, blackberry, and blackcurrant. The mid-palate is pure, plush, and focused, showcasing a bright, balanced acidity that enhances the wine’s freshness. The finish is lengthy and supported by fine-grained, ripe tannins that promise excellent aging potential. This wine has been matured for 18 months in a mix of new and seasoned oak hogsheads, which imparts a subtle woody character without overpowering the fruit.

    The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 has received notable praise from wine critics. Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points, highlighting its toasted herbs, tobacco, and peppery spices that lend a savory dimension to the plush and elegant frame of cassis and blackberry. Wine Enthusiast gave it a high 95 points, describing it as powerfully aromatic with Chinese Five Spice, beetroot, and green peppercorn mingling with berry fruits. The palate is marked by tangy acidity and a satiny quality, complemented by fine, dusty tannins.

    Wine Advocate also praised this vintage with 92 points for its profusion of dusty black tannin and brooding purple fruit, suggesting decanting to fully appreciate its layered, savory notes. Additionally, James Suckling scored it 95 points for its spicy and creamy profile, underlined by velvety tannins and a silky core of dark fruit and spices.

    The 2018 vintage in the Eden and Barossa Valleys was marked by moderately wet winter and average spring conditions, leading to healthy vine growth. The weather during the late spring and early summer was ideal for flowering, setting the stage for a near-average yield. The warm, dry conditions of the summer months, followed by a light and warm March and April, ensured that all grape varieties reached full and balanced maturity. This vintage is celebrated as one of the standout years of the decade, particularly significant as it coincides with the 150th anniversary of family winemaking at Henschke.

    This wine pairs beautifully with robust and flavorful dishes such as roasted Cowra lamb rack, complemented by eggplant, olives, and preserved lemon, which echo the savory and fruity elements of the wine.

    Serve this wine at around 17°C to best appreciate its nuances. The 2018 Keyneton Euphonium has excellent cellaring potential and can be enjoyed over the next 25+ years, allowing the flavors to evolve and mature.

    In summary, the Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 is a beautifully composed wine that showcases the skill of winemaker Johann Henschke and the rich terroir of South Australia’s renowned wine regions. Its complex flavors and balanced structure make it a standout choice for both immediate enjoyment and long-term aging.

    8 reviews for Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018

    1. Gregory Betts

      This Australian red blend is a complex mix of flavors. The bold black fruit notes are complimented by a hint of pepper and a chocolate finish. Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018, you’ve won me over.

    2. Scottie Pressley

      This Australian red blend has a vibrant cherry flavor, with a hint of leather and a touch of white pepper. The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium is a wine that keeps surprising you.

    3. Jerry Kelley

      The Australian wine scene is impressive, especially with wines like the Henschke Keyneton Euphonium. With blueberry, raspberry, and red fruit notes, this wine is a flavorful journey.

    4. Carrie Schlottmann

      The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 is a delightful wine. A symphony of plum and blackberry flavors, it truly showcases the best of the Barossa region.

    5. Julie Reynolds

      I’m really enjoying this Henschke Keyneton Euphonium. The cedar and oak notes are bold, but balanced by a soft vanilla undertone. It’s a solid Australian wine, great for any occasion.

    6. Staci Smith

      The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 is a complex wine. The dark chocolate, prune, and mulberry flavors make for an intriguing palate experience. It’s a top-notch Australian red blend.

    7. Warren Jones

      The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium is a seriously good wine. The earthy, tobacco undertones are a pleasant surprise, and the blackcurrant flavor is just divine. Perfect for an evening wind down.

    8. Thomas Guerra

      The Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 carries a burst of dark fruit flavors, with a lingering eucalyptus and licorice aftertaste. A quintessential representation of the Barossa region.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 91
    Wine Spectator
    Leads with toasted herbs and touches of tobacco and peppery spices, which add an appealing savory element, while details of cumin and bay leaf mix with a core of cassis and blackberry on a plush, elegant frame.
    WE 95
    Wine Enthusiast
    Euphonium is a blend of Shiraz, both Cabs and Merlot, all from old vines. In typical Henschke style, it’s distinctively aromatic. Chinese Five Spice, beetroot and green peppercorn weave between red- and black-berry fruit. The pal- ate is powerful with lovely tangy acidity, a satiny quality to the fruit and a frame of fine, dusty tannins. Drinking with ease now, this could continue to age for 7-8 years more.
    WA 92
    Wine Advocate
    The 2018 Keyneton Euphonium is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and carries a profusion of dusty black tannin and brooding purple fruit. There are notes of meat broth, field mushrooms, fresh leather, blackberry, brown sugar and a molasses character. I know from some of the other Henschke reds that the fruit actually rises above the structure with a decant (or time in the glass), so this is recommended in order to catch the beautiful 2018 fruit on offer here. This is a savory wine—layered and long.
    DEC 91
    Classic aromas of cassis and mint on the nose. Suave and elegant, with sinewy tannins and a firm structure.
    JS 95
    James Suckling
    Spicy and creamy shiraz-based blend with velvety tannins framing a silky core of dark fruit, licorice, cloves, grilled herbs and spices. Five spice and smoked paprika coming through. Full-bodied yet elegant.

    What does Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, chocolate

    apple, peach, stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    plum, blackberry, blackcurrant

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, eucalyptus, licorice

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    orange, citrus, orange zest

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, green bell pepper, bell pepper

    prune, raisin, fig

    tropical, lychee

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, perfume

    Food Pairing with Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018

    Our wine experts think this Red Wine Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Red Blend 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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