"The 2010 growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall. Spring was mild with little frost damage and gave us an even budburst. The weather remained cold and wet through spring, which held back growth until a two-week high 30s heat wave in November affected flowering and fruit set. Spring rains continued into early summer right through until mid-December, making it the wettest year since 2005. The vines responded to the heat and grew vigorously until early January, developing lush canopies, but bunch development suffered as a result. A roller-coaster ride of heat spikes and cool changes continued through a warm summer with occasional thunderstorms. The vines went through veraison a week earlier than 2009. Lower yields coupled with the mild ripening period resulted in concentrated fruit. Vintage began a week earlier than 2009 and was in full swing by mid-February. The white vintage was all but finished a month later while the red harvest continued with deeply coloured, well-balanced grapes being picked during mild, dry conditions until the end of April"
Tappa Pass is a sub-region in the Barossa and the vineyard was a catalist for the creation of this wine. Now the fruit comes from three different sub-regions and in 2010 it is a pearler.
Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz 2010
The wine is very perfumed upon opening and that fragrance carries over onto the palate. It is rich yet savoury at the same time with flavours of spice, bluberry chocolates, plum skin and blackberry sorbet. It is the balance of these flavours and the polished tannin structure combined with succulent acidity that takes this to the next level. Beautiful wine from a brilliant vintage.
Drink: After it turns 12