Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz is Australia’s greatest single vineyard wine. Its fame is connected profoundly with the work of Stephen and Prue Henschke. This intensely perfumed, concentrated and velvet textured wine evokes a family tradition, extreme craftsmanship and a beautiful inimitable aesthetic. It belongs to an unfolding and endless story that evokes the soul of this Australian age.
The vineyard was established at Parrot Hill in the Eden Valley (around 1860) by Nicolaus Stanitzki and has since been handed down through the generations to the Henschke family.
Crimson. Very classical Eden Valley Shiraz with perfectly pitched blackberry pastille/aniseed aromas with hints of white pepper, balanced by underlying cinnamon oak characters. The palate is rich and ripe with deep-set blackberry fruit flavours, fine, evenly-textured, lacy tannins all intertwined with beautifully seasoned cinnamon oak. This is a very refined, elegant style with plenty of complexity. Langton's (2002).
Sits on the right hand of Grange, equally deified, and now challenging its (Grange's) price; for a vintage such as 1996 no one is likely to complain. Deep red-purple; the bouquet is exceptionally rich and ripe (for the often reserved style) with lusciously sweet blackcurrant, blackberry and mint fruit cascading through to the palate. 97 points, Wine Companion (10/2000).