Henschke’s 2015 Hill of Grace has been released in May 2020. This is the 58th vintage since it was first produced in 1958, but is in fact the 54th release. Stephen and Pure Henschke have named it the ‘Grace by the Luminous Moon’, as the harvest was conducted from the 17th-26th March just before the full moon of Easter. They have been farming Hill of Grace biodynamically for many years.
2015 is an exceptional vintage for all the Henschke reds. I have not yet tasted the 2015 Hill of Grace but I have tasted the 2010, and also the 2010 and 2015 Mt Edelstone, and if those insights allow me to draw an arc then 2015 will be utterly wonderful. The 2010 Hill of Grace is quite possibly the best young Australian red wine I’ve ever tasted, while the 2010 and 2015 Mt Edelstones are the two best vintages I’ve ever tasted of those wines. It’s been given 100 points by James Suckling.
Henschke are a unique style and family story. Long compared with Penfolds Grange, Hill of Grace could not be more opposite. Hill of Grace comes from a single 4 ha vineyard of Shiraz in the Eden Valley, an elevated sub-region of the Barossa Valley where the vines are 400-500m above sea level. The oldest part of the vineyard was planted in 1860 and its been within the Henschke family for 6 generations.
Hill of Grace is the most sought after, single-vineyard wine in Australia. Production is estimated at 2,000-2,500 cases (6) per year depending on vintage conditions.
James Halliday, Wine Companion, May 2020 99 points
Henschke says the '15 vintage provided stunning and elegant Eden Valley shiraz with extraordinary flavours, purity of fruit and acid balance. And indeed that's a fair description of this medium-bodied Hill of Grace. The colour is still bright, clear crimson-purple, and the beautifully balanced fruit flavours are vibrantly fresh. It would be easy to underestimate the likely longevity of this wine. One of the all-time greats.
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com, April 2020 100 points
A significant vintage for Hill of Grace, as the last 2015 red to leave the Henschke cellar, and a wine that delivers on every ounce of its promise and then some. The nose is so complex and fragrant with trademark brown spices taking centre stage, amid light espresso, sage leaves, blackberries, cinnamon, anise, orange peel, ripe dark plums, pepper, gun smoke and a gentle, dried-rose edge. The palate has such impressive layers of fine tannin that make an instantly seamless, powerful and focused impression. It has architectural style with clean lines that build and ascend out of the finish. Long, spiced blackberries and dark plums are extruded in formation with such finesse and power. The acidity holds a torch to the rich, ripe plums and blackberries, illuminating freshness at the finish. A wine that will develop in a very consistent manner and likely to be at its best some 20 years from now. A collector’s dream. Vinolok closure.