98 Points Huon Hooke
Over 165 years ago Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle and farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the famous Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. They were planted around the 1860s by an ancestor, Nicolaus Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of the winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines, which sit at an altitude of 400m, with an average rainfall of 520mm. Hill of Grace is a unique, delineated, historic single vineyard that lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran church which is named after a picturesque region in Silesia called Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace. Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard shiraz wine from this vineyard in 1958 from handpicked grapes vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.
“We describe Hill of Grace 2014 as a vintage graced by beauty. Five years after watching the six shiraz blocks from the Hill of Grace vineyard transform from juice into wine in our open-topped fermentation tanks, we were captured by the beauty of the matured wine; with its complexity, interwoven layers and incredible length’ – Stephen Henschke, fifth-generation winemaker
“A savoury, spiced and mid-weighted Hill of Grace. Dried red fruits, the aromas of charcutier’s shed, red dirt, bay leaves, roasted bones and a smear of tapenade. A beautifully poised wine, comfortable and quietly confident. This is a wine that doesn’t need to shout about its greatness. Just spend time with it and it will be revealed.” – Nick Ryan, The Australian
“Deep red colour with a little purple tint. The bouquet is typical Hill of Grace in its fragrant spice, licorice and raspberry aromas with a trace of tar, some black pepper, the palate flavour mesmerisingly intense and lush, with tremendous depth and velvet texture. A wonderful balancing act, very full-bodied and powerful, the texture astonishingly fruit-sweet and plush – just a sublime wine. Almost endless length. It’s even plusher than Edelstone, if that is possible.” – 98 Points Huon Hooke