Today, it is fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his viticulturist wife Prue at the helm of Henschke, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. Stephen and Prue continue to craft their white wines with a focus on purity, while their red wines have a strong focus on terroir, using traditional winemaking techniques. Stephen's thoughts on their work: “Prue and I are the current ‘keepers of the flame’. Just as earlier generations have done, we want to manage the vineyards and winery so they can be passed on to the next generation in better condition than we inherited them. Our vision would not be complete without the expectation that future generations will uphold and perpetuate our belief that such ancient and unique single-vineyard sites can produce exceptional wines that are prized for their beauty and rarity.”
Stephen and Prue selected Lenswood in 1981 as a new vineyard site, just 50km from the ancient Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace vineyards in the Eden Valley. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyard slopes offer not only beautiful views toward the old vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of year, cooler temperatures to retain natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The Abbotts Prayer label links together the history, religion and pioneers of this mountainous region. The property along Coldstore Road, including the vineyards in the area originally known as Abbotts Flat, was established in the late 1800s and pioneered by the first settler, T N Mitchell.
This wine is 59% cabernet sauvignon and 41% merlot grapes grown on the Henschke Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Deep crimson with vibrant red hues. A brooding bouquet of dark plum, blueberry, cassis and mulberry with fragrant nuances of violets and crushed, flowering herbs, and more subtle hints of blackcurrant and anise spice. Concentrated, sweet dark plum, blueberry and mulberry flavours and a fleshy mid-palate are supported with ripe, driving acidity, great minerality and silky tannins for a beautifully structured, lingering finish. As this is deemed to be an exceptional vintage it can be cellared for 25 + years.