Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Vintage 1985 proved too hot and dry for most vineyards within the environs of Eden and Barossa Valleys. Severely reduced crops for most South Australian wineries were further decimated by the ravages of a very wet autumn. Henschke's Eden Valley fruit was saved largely by it's protective Shangrila topography, a unique mesoclime which yields the most precious harvests while maintaining the excellence of Australia's finest single vineyard wine.
Hill of Grace is one of Australia's original vineyards. Over 160 years ago, Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle and farm in Eden Valley. Vines were planted around the 1860s in rich alluvial soils on a shallow fertile valley just northwest of the current Henschke wineworks. By the time third generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the famous Hill of Grace Shiraz vines were more than fifty years old. Hill of Grace remains a unique delineated single historic vineyard, just opposite a beautiful old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was euphoniously named Gnadenberg, which of course, means Hill of Grace.