2002 Henschke Hill of Grace, 98Pts Jeremy Oliver, described as a “near perfect Eden Valley shiraz”. The Hill of Grace vineyard was planted around the 1860s by an ancestor, Nicolaus Stanitzki. The Hill of Grace Vineyard is planted in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley which is north-west of Henschke Winery. Henschke Hill of Grace is a unique, delineated, single historic vineyard, opposite is an old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was named Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace.
The first single vineyard wine made from Hill of Grace was produced in 1958 by forth generation, Cyril Henschke. The original vines in Hill of Grace are now over 145 years old. The fruit is hand picked and vinified in traditional open-top fermenters. Hill of Grace spends about 18 months in a combination of new French and American hogsheads prior to blending and bottling. Henschke Hill of Grace is made in tiny amounts, it is a world class wine and sits along side Penfolds Grange as an iconic Australian wine.
In a country full of spectacular single vineyard shiraz wines, Steven Henschke’s signature wine from this individual Eden Valley vineyard has consistently been the best and most important. Jeremy Oliver’s Wine Annual.
“A near-perfect Eden Valley shiraz whose deep scents of violets, cassis, cherries, mulberries and ripe plums overlie sweet cedar/vanilla/coconut ice-like oak, pepper, musky spice and nuances of undergrowth. It’s supremely smooth and unctuous, presenting an intense, long and vibrant core of dark berry/plum fruit with a slightly wild and briar aspect. Underpinned by classically fine and powdery tannin, it finishes with lingering fruit and liquorice like influences. Artfully balanced and integrated.” April 2007, Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual.