About the Henschke Wine Weekend
Established in 1868, Henschke is resolute in its desire for complete integration of vineyard and winery, through six generations of family grape-growing and winemaking tradition in the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley.
To celebrate the Henschke portfolio of globally acclaimed wines, we welcome you to join 6th Generation Justine Henschke at an exclusive weekend, on 20-22 May 2022, to experience wines that are recognised around the world for their exceptional quality, innovation and sustainability in the vineyard.
As the much-anticipated 2017 Shirazes – Hill of Grace, Hill of Roses, Mount Edelstone and The Wheelwright – will be globally released in early May, be one of the first in Australia to experience these four exceptional wines.
“2017 is a vintage graced by vitality,” says Stephen Henschke, fifth-generation winemaker. “The common thread through all four Eden Valley releases shows a liveliness and capacity for long life that has developed as the result of an exceptionally long and gentle vintage. This vintage will be recognised for wines of incredible depth, purity and energy, much akin to high-quality vintages such as 1992, 2006 and 2012, all of which were late, cool seasons and have shown excellent ageing potential in ideal cellaring conditions.”
Throughout the weekend, 20 Henschke wines, inclusive of rare vintages from the Henschke museum, will be showcased when dining, at sunset, with the firepit barbecue lunch, throughout the Single Vineyard ‘Now & Rare’ Masterclass, hosted by Justine, and at the celebratory Gala Dinner when paired with a stunning degustation menu.
4th Generation Cyril Henschke was one of Australia’s pioneers of dry table wines and single vineyards wines of which guests will experience six of in the Saturday afternoon Masterclass – both a current vintage and a museum vintage of each wine inclusive of the 2017 Mount Edelstone shiraz, the 65th release and arguably Australia’s longest consecutively-produced single-vineyard wine. It will be showcased alongside the Museum 2009 Mount Edelstone shiraz.
Prue Henschke, one of Australia’s most talented and dedicated botanically trained viticulturists, sees many benefits in incorporating organic and biodynamic principles, such as biodynamic compost, straw mulching and introducing native plants into the vineyards to encourage beneficial insects for pest management. “My philosophy is a holistic one; to ensure our created environment sits in a healthy balance with our natural landscape. I would like to see the next generation inherit a fertile and sustainable land,” says Prue. “Using the principles of organics and biodynamics over the past three decades has enabled me to create the best environment for plant growth. Since I started using these practices, I am seeing the benefits in greater expression of aromas and textures in the wines.”
The Henschke family are mindful of their role as custodians of the Henschke vineyards and their need to nurture them for future generations.
You will also have time to relax in the stunning surrounds of South East Queensland’s only Luxury Lodge of Australia, treat yourself to a day spa experience, or explore the surrounding World Heritage-listed National Park on foot or mountain bike. This intimate experience is reserved exclusively for just 22 guests.
To reserve your place at this exclusive event call 07 4666 1083.
Justine has worked with her family’s historic winery since she was very young. Established by her ancestors in 1868, Henschke now celebrates over 150 years of winemaking.
Justine has a strong history with wine and subsequently food too, through work, travel and study. She joined the small winemaking team in the red wine cellar at Henschke through vintages 2007 and 2008.
Eager to expand her wine knowledge, Justine graduated from a number of wine qualifications including the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Sommelier Certificate and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits, before re-joining the family business at the beginning of 2015.