Backgroud: Stone Jar pays tribute to the original Henschke settlers for their rich and wonderfully varied traditions. Stephen’s grandfather Paul Alfred sold his wine to local customers in stone jars, which in the Barossa was called a krug.
Vineyard: The Tempranillo vines were established on rocky soils on north facing slopes at the range overlooking the village of Eden Valley. The vineyard is managed organically and bio-dynamically maintaining traditions of the past.
Season: A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to vintage. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with minimal disease pressure, resulting in fruit with incredible concentration. Relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the onset of veraison, the rain was perfectly timed for old dry-grown vineyards.
Wine making: 91% Tempranillo 7% Mataro 2% Graciano
Appearance: Deep crimson with purple hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of Satsuma plums, red cherries and raspberries, supported by fragrant hints of crushed flowering herbs, peppercorns, mace and struck flint.
Palate: Soft and silky tannin intertwine succulent red and blue berries with spice throughout the palate. Balanced with bright red cherry acidity and layers of texture, driven by a long finish.
Food Pairing: Pork belly and chorizo stew, Beef and almond empanadas or try Pork and olive.
Acidity: 5.74 g/L
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 25+ years
Winemaker: Johann Henschke