Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Henschke take a minimalist approach to handling the precious fruit of a great historical vineyard. Excessive handling, racking or movements of the wine are avoided, every opportunity is given for the fruit to speak for itself. Earthy and mineral, concentrated with the explosive black bramble characters of a superior Vallée du Rhône, cossetted by a veneer of new oak ferments and endowed with the most refined, elegant tannins.
Hill of Grace requires little elaboration internationally as one of the new world's great wines. A warm growing season for vintage 1991, as indeed, it was across all growing regions. Dry summer and above average temperatures towards the harvest, which arrived early to slightly reduced yields. Growing season 1991 produced a Hill of Grace which was reportedly more restrained and classically structured upon release, with the tell tale rich tannins and fruit concentration to develop mightily. Partial barrel fermentation in a combination of new American and French oak higsheads, followed by eighteen months maturation for complexity, integrity and seamlessness. Alcohol 14.1%
Intensely purple in colour. Complex aromas of red currants, blackberry and marzipan, seasoned by piquant hints of five spice. A long well structured palate, complex and rich, all the elements of superior old vines Shiraz in place, suet and soy, peppery plum fruits and vanilla oak, finishing on a length of soft, velvet tannins.