Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz 2018

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Always a favourite and from such an exciting vintage, much is expected. For me, a very fine Tappa Pass, perhaps not their very best, but certainly up there and more than worth inclusion in any serious cellar. 

From a pair of vineyards, including “Uncle Jack’s” shiraz vineyard, which was planted in the fifties, the Henschkes usually find it offers blueberries and plums. For Stephen, although they are very much focused on what single vineyards have to offer, as soon as he saw these wines on the tasting bench, made from two vineyards close to one another, he knew that they belonged together. No doubt, he has been correct in that. 

The colour of ripe cherries. Slightly more restrained than expected and, for me, a little more rustic. Warm earth, spices, chocolate, black fruits, leather. Dense with a hint of animal skins and some good complexity here. I asked Stephen about these characters but it was not something he had encountered in his tastings. Subsequently, I went back to my bottle. For me, these characters were still present (is it possible that my bottle was slightly different? Always possible – less so with the move to screwcaps, of course). But one can only report on what one sees and I should say that I found it a seriously impressive wine. Good balance, 8 to 10 years of improvement ahead of it. Excellent length and worth noting that it impressed even more after 24 hours open. 

For me, this is an excellent TP.

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