83% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 5% merlot, matured in French hogsheads (42% new) for 18 months before blending. Cabernet from the Eden Valley has its own cool personality - and absolute authority. It is blackcurrant rather than cassis, with tannins that are firm but not dry, and an elusive touch of mint. The franc and merlot have helped the cabernet show a bit of love, the French oak likewise. All up, a wine of class and length.
The blend of the 2013 Cyril Henschke is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. It's understandably less fragrant than the 2012, but perhaps it's more powerful, with intense, pungent cassis on the nose. Full-bodied and chunkier than the 2012 on the palate, it's still on the elegant side for Cabernet, with a supple, persistent finish.