Henschke Hill of Grace 1998 CONFIRM 1998 VINTAGE

Henschke Hill of Grace 1998 - Buy
Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
A pure, single vineyard wine from Shiraz grapes picked off pre phylloxera material brought to the Barossa by European settlers in the mid 1800s. Vinified from the fruit of vines up to a century and a half of age, to be luxuriously aged under a selection of completely new oak for eighteen months. Australia's finest and most distinguished single vineyard wine.
The preceding winter was unusually dry, with frosty nights and clear days. The rain instead came in spring, and the luxuriantly growing vines benefited from the greenhouse effect. The indicators were of a hot dry summer, although only a serious burst of heat was experienced in mid January and again at the end of February, otherwise it was a mild summer, which had a significant delaying effect on the ripening process. Harvested 15 to 16 April, the early onset of autumn caused a late vintage with average yields, good to exceptional quality and intense flavour in the grapes. Alcohol 13.7%
Very deep crimson colour. A sweet, ripe complex and exotic nose of prunes, blackberries and plum, cedar oak and chocolate notes. A rich, sweet succulent palate, complex and well structured, brimming with an excellent concentration of flavour, finishing memorable and long, supported by fine textures and velvet tannins.
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