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.”
One of the more well-known wines in their portfolio is the Keyneton Estate. The 2001, a blend of 72% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot, is more Bordeaux than Rhone-like. Aromas of blackcurrants, liquorice, tobacco leaf, and spice box with a hint of mint are followed by a medium-bodied, elegant, pure red.