Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Crafted from the hand picked fruit of national heirloom blocks ranging between 52 and 144 years of age, Hill of Grace is Australia's most prestigious, first growth, single vineyard wine.
The precious old vines on Hill of Grace vines were planted to rich alluvial soils in a shallow fertile valley by Nicolaus Stanitzki during the 1860s. The vineyard lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was euphoniously named Gnadenberg. The latter part of spring 1998 led into one of the hottest summers on record, with virtually no rain. The drought conditions resulted in smaller berry size producing spicy, dark intense reds. Tropical cyclones Elaine and Vance caused widespread botrytis problems requiring careful picking. The finished wine was matured in new French and American hogsheads for eighteen months prior to assemblage. Alcohol 14.3%
Deep opaque crimson. Roast meats and spice, bacon, tar and prune notes, blackberrie and plum with hints of anise, earth and mintyness. Sweet rich complex palate returns a different profile with each glass, concentrated and dense with layers of flavour supported by chewy textured tannins, memorable and long.