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Discover the distinction of the Henschke family

The Wine Selectors Wine of the Month for June is the Henschke Henry’s Seven Shiraz Blend 2013. The Henschkes, one of Australia’s most successful wine dynasties, are six generations strong with fifth generation winemaker Stephen and his viticulturist wife Prue at the helm and the sixth generation – Johann (winemaker), Justine (marketing and public relations manager) and Andreas (Henschke ambassador) – all involved.

Henry’s Seven

The Tasting Panel chose the Henry’s Seven to match with nonya style chicken thanks to its savoury nuances of rosemary, sage, pepper and anise, which match perfectly to the spicy, fragrant characters of the dish. To this Stephen adds, “Our deep garnet coloured Shiraz blend from the Barossa is a perfect winter warmer in June with its plush texture and fine, velvety tannins.”

A few of Justine’s favourite things

As you can imagine, the Henschkes live and breathe wine, but, of course, there’s more to the family than grapes and ferments. So to help you get to know one of the faces behind the name, we quizzed Justine Henschke on eight of her favourite things. Of course, if you want to find out why Justine thinks her family’s region is so perfect for grape-growing, check out the video chat we had with her.

1. Book

Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie. I love to read biographies, and read this a number of times to prepare for an internship with the company.

2. Movie

Erin Brockovich – a dramatization of a true story. Julia Roberts plays a sassy American legal clerk and environmental activist. I enjoy all of her films.

3. TV show

Game of Thrones. It’s just…so…shocking that it’s addictive. The creators really know how to construct a cliff-hanger.

4. Restaurant

Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan’s Chiswick in Woollahra, Sydney. I lived across the road for a little while. It was dangerous!

5. Breakfast

That Little Place, Stockwell, Barossa – it has only recently opened and does great coffee and nourishing food.

6. Lunch

Artisans of the Barossa Harvest Kitchen – the ‘Feed Me Menu’ is the way to go.

7. Dinner

FermentAsian – for Tuoi’s Vietnamese and Thai cooking using local produce and Grant’s extensive wine list. They’ve created a warm atmosphere and offer something a little different, which the Barossa has certainly embraced.

8. Time of day/night

Sunset. Who doesn’t enjoy that time of the day when you can finally wind down with a glass of wine? And even better when you can find yourself a great view.

Watch our exclusive video interview with Justine Henschke talking about the magic of the Eden Valley.

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