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.
Deep, dark red colour with a marked purple tint. The bouquet is very powerful and loaded with mint, tamarillo, eucalyptus and both red and dark berry aromas. An explosive wine in the mouth, the palate tremendously intense and concentrated, powerful and penetrating, with seemingly endless length. Very alive and infused with refreshing and balanced acidity, this extraordinary wine tastes as though it could live forever. Certainly one of the best Hill of Grace releases. Only time will reveal if it is the best ever. (65% new oak, 95% of it French).
99 points, Real Review
The 2010 vintage will be remembered as one of the most perfect renditions of this single site planted dating back to 1860. The signature spice and sage leaf are here. It's bursting with an array of dark brown spice aromas, pepper too, the fruits run from raspberry tinges through to deep blackberry, cassis and blueberry fruits, blue plums too. The palate is immensely smooth and soft, velvety tannins have deep-grained texture. It floats with richness yet lightness, and really fills out the palate and occupies every possible space. The balance is superb and the finish runs so long and deep in several phases of flavour, from plum to cherry, from roasted spice and mocha, it goes on seemingly endlessly, saturated in old vine Shiraz flavour yet perfectly poised. Tannins shimmer, acidity reflects off their smooth-honed surface. This is the Eden Valley equivalent of Burgundy's Le Chambertin -- a bottomless well of flavour, elegant yet profoundly powerful and another brilliant addition to a superb run of recent vintages. Best from 2022.
99 points, The Good Wine Guide
From a very good vintage, the colour shows no sign of age, the bouquet and palate reminiscent of a Beethoven symphony, throbbing with power, its black fruits in a web of fine, ripe tannins, building inexorably to the last movement, constantly revisiting and rephrasing all that has gone before.
99 points, Wine Companion (September 2015)