97 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Over 165 years ago, Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle in the Eden Valley. His legacy is one of Australia's great luxury brands. 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. A fully endowed, engaging wine in old world styling, Hill of Grace unlocks layers of complexity as it breathes and evolves in the glass. Vintage 2006 shaped up as another high quality year, with a growing season which reduced the yields.
A pure wine from Shiraz grapes grown to pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by early settlers in the middle 1800s. The site was originally granted by Charles Flaxman in 1842 for £1 per acre. It was then sold by George Fife Angas to Nicolaus Stanitzki who planted the vines onto rich alluvial soils in a shallow fertile valley just northwest of where the Henschke winery stands. Cyril Henschke, the fourth generation, made the first single vineyard bottling from these vines in 1958. The hand picked grapes are treated to a traditional vinification in open top fermenters. Matured in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak hogsheads for twenty one months prior to assembling. Alcohol 14.5%
Dark crimson in colour. A complex, spicy nose of tar, anise, blackberries and blueberries with hints of five spice, vanilla and cedar. The sweet, lush and fleshy palate displays great depth and texture, with excellent length and intensity and fine, velvety tannins. The wine of choice to accompany the most refined cuisines, rare duck supreme with a reduced madeira jus or truffled suckling pig with coqs comb and kidney.