Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Hill of Grace is a place of great international renown in the world of wine, the most historically significant vineyard in Australia, planted circa 1860 by early Lutheran settlers fleeing persecution. Home to some of the globe's most precious blocks of Shiraz, it lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran Church named Gnadenberg.
The historic property was originally granted to Charles Flaxman by land grant in 1842 for £1 per acre. It was then sold by George Fife Angas to Nicolaus Stanitzki for £480 in 1873. After planting the great Shiraz vines, Carl August Stanitzki sold the property to Paul Gotthard Henschke in 1891. Growing season 1997 began with a wet winter, followed by a mild dry spring, leading to excellent growth, good set and vigor. Frosts brought damage before a mild Indian Summer ensured excellent ripening conditions and accumulation of flavour in the grapes. Shiraz is vinified in traditional open top fermenters, followed by eighteen months maturation in new French and American hogsheads. Alcohol 14.1%
Deep brick red colour. A wonderfully developed bouquet of leather, truffles and prune, seasoned by vanilla and cedar notes, hints of nutmeg, pepper and five spice. The palate is voluptuous, layered with lush fruit flavours, supported by a length of fine velvety tannins.