All hail Julius, one of the great whites

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

MORE of Aus­tralia’s and the world’s wine­mak­ers are vis­it­ing Perth than ever be­fore to show their finest and best value drops.

The 2013 Houghton Clas­sic Stripe Range caber­net sauvi­gnon 2013 was clearly the finest value for money in a line-up of 15 very good caber­net sauvi­gnons at the Barry Weinman tast­ing in late Au­gust.

It is big, ripe, soft, gen­tle and fruit-driven from a low oak regime, show­ing very pleas­ant (if young) lin­ger­ing fruit flavours for a wine in this price range.

Not clas­si­cally styled but more ap­peal­ing than most and made to drink well early at 17.8 points and of­ten avail­able un­der $11.

Pi­cardy’s new white wine re­leases are due for re­lease in early Oc­to­ber.

The 2015 sauvi­gnon blanc semil­lon (18 points) is clearly the most ap­peal­ing yet with fuller, softer and juicier flavours than pre­vi­ously and a more gen­er­ous and re­laxed fin­ish and af­ter­taste.

The 2014 chardon­nay is also their best to date. 18.5 points.

Prue Hen­schke was in town re­cently and said her hus­band Stephen agreed the 2014 Hen­schke Julius ries­ling was clearly their finest to date.

This is one of Aus­tralia’s great ries­lings ever, be­ing solid, se­ri­ous, dense, long and pow­er­ful.

It has a bril­liant fin­ish and af­ter­taste and, while mar­vel­lous now, will im­prove un­til 2035. 18.8 points and $45.

The Hen­schke reds were mar­vel­lous in the ’70s, bet­ter in the ’80s and by the ’90s, along with Pen­folds, are pro­duc­ing Aus­tralia’s great­est.

Hen­schke’s has sur­passed the best of those wines in re­cent years and the latest re­leases, while ex­pen­sive, are ex­tra­or­di­nary wines on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

Prue be­lieved two or three re­cent vin­tages matched this, the 60th vintage and from 100-yearold vines, but on our card the Hen­schke Mt Edel­stone 2012 is the finest ever.

De­li­cious now un­til 2040 at 19 points and $184.95.

The Hen­schke fam­ily.

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