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.
The colour is relatively light, but the hue clear and youthful. The wine is by no means a blockbuster, and neatly side steps the tough tannin issue that dogged many red wines from the vintage. There is a profusion of red and black cherry and plum fruit flavours encircled by fine, gently savoury and ripe tannins. The overall balance is impeccable, as befits a wine of this stature.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2012)