Hennings Croquet Shiraz 2015
Henning Rathjen left Hamburg in1854 and arrived in Melbourne after six months at sea. He travelled to the Bendigo Goldfields where he married his wife Caroline in 1857. On hearing about land being opened up for selection Henning headed east towards Colbinabbin where he found his ‘paradise’. In 1858 after fulfilling the criteria of the Lands Department he was able to settle on a 320 acre block with his wife who had five children in their bark abode before a substantial brick house was built in 1871. Henning proved to be an industrious and successful farmer and along with his dairy cows and the cropping of cleared land, he established an eight acre vineyard. Henning built a commodious underground cellar with a barn above to house his wine and wine making activities. He named this home block “Fernsicht” (long view) and over the years Henning purchased additional properties and he and Caroline had fourteen children.
After nearly fifty years of family winemaking, Hennings’ son Alfred decided to invest his time in broadacre cropping.The vines were all removed, wine-making ceased and the cellar from thenceforth was used as a garage and store.
In 1998 Darryl Rathjen, Henning’s great grandson, replanted the vineyard on the original site and the first vintage of “Hennings Shiraz” was produced in 2000.
“Fernsicht” has remained in the Rathjen family for four generations.
The Croquet Shiraz is made from estate grown fruit as a lighter (well for Heathcote), medium to full-bodied Shiraz for early drinking. The wine is layered with blackberry, prune, blackcurrent and asian-five-spice characters. On the palate there is subtle anise and liquorice, fine-grained tannins and a long lasting finish.
15% new oak is used.