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Henschke - Giles Pinot Noir 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91+ (2014) VS: 91 (2010) WS: 89 (2015) JS: 96 (2015) WE: 91 (2015) JH: 96 (2015) WF: 92+ (2014) MJ: 95 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Crimson in colour with ruby hues. Fragrant, perfumed aromas of strawberries, cherries and cream, and wild forest berries with subtle hints of cloves and spices. The rich, juicy palate is tightly wound with layers of crushed herbs and mint, rolling into subtle red currant and wild berry fruit flavours, while the beautiful acid balance and fine-grained tannins provide a long and velvety finish.

Winery Information


The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)91+ pts

Pale ruby in color with a hint of purple, the 2014 Giles Pinot Noir has a wonderfully fragrant nose of crushed red cherries, black raspberries and violets with hints of cinnamon stick, dried Provence herbs and underbrush. Light to medium-bodied with bags of elegance and yet exciting intensity, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long and perfumed.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010)91 pts

Jul/Aug '13 by Josh Raynolds - Vivid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of ripe red berries, potpourri and allspice. Sappy and precise, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of white pepper. Clean and spicy on the finish, which features silky tannins and a late note of bitter cherry.

Wine Spectator (2015)89 pts

Tangy, with plenty of energy to the wild berry and cherry flavors, accented by notes of fresh herbs and clay. Reveals a touch of green tea.

James Suckling (2015)96 pts

This is a great edition of Henschke's Lenswood pinot noir from a vintage that has delivered an elegant yet powerful style. It's innately balanced, too: a vigneron's dream. Smells of bright red cherries, bracken and background spices. Some blue fruits and hints of savory brown spices are also on display. Tight-packed and disciplined palate with a crunchy core of strawberry, raspberry and red-cherry flavors. Fine tannins envelop a pastry-like texture and a resolute pop of acidity makes for a convincing pinot. This will evolve brilliantly for 6+ years.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

This is a lean style and still a baby with its sappy red strawberry and raspberry notes, with cinnamon, tar, violets, warm stones and furniture polish. The palate is tightly wound, ending on a long, tart cranberry and raspberry finish. Drink now if you like your Pinot al dente, otherwise cellar through 2025.

James Halliday (2015)96 pts

It has a very fragrant and flowery bouquet setting the scene for red cherry and wild strawberry fruits on the palate, lengthened by fine tannins, oak lost in the crowd. Elegance and purity are its keywords

Wine Front (2014)92+ pts

First vintage was 1989. This was the trophy winner at last year’s Adelaide Hills Wine Show. Grown at 550 metres above sea level but it’s a steep vineyard; that figure would be an average. Full of macerated, muscular, reductive character. It takes this bass and adds considerable treble, mostly in the form of floral elements but with forest berries, cranberries, anise and tomato bush. An array of flavours but in a neat, contained way. Tannin crackles out through the finish. Will develop slowly.

Matthew Jukes (2015)95 pts

Intensely black cherry-fruited and quite powerful and it certainly comes to you rather than you having to look for the flavour! Punchy and black with a touch of liquorice, this is a savoury style, with long, even, shiny fruit. Côtes du Nuits-shaped, with Marsannay earthiness in the background. This is also picked across the slope and co-fermented. Picking happens over about 2 weeks and comprises of around 6 passages through the vines. Approximately 15% whole bunch is hidden inside, but it is not very noticeable. 18pts

Vinification Notes

Sitting at an altitude of 550m with an annual average rainfall of 1100mm, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views towards the older vine country, but also provide enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes, together with cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity. The pinot noir vineyard has been named after Charles Giles, an early pioneer whose descendants had managed the property as an apple orchard since 1864. Matured in 19% new and 81% seasoned French barriques for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.