Henschke’s 2016 Hill of Grace has been released in May 2021. This is the 59th vintage since it was first produced in 1958, but is in fact the 55th release. Stephen and Pure have been farming Hill of Grace biodynamically for many years.
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. Matured in 85% French and 15% American (29% new, 71% seasoned) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Deep crimson in colour with violet hues. Lifted, exotic aromas of star anise, sage, bay leaf and fennel frame dark and brooding blackberry, Satsuma plum, mulberry and red currant notes. The palate is rich, plush and concentrated with amazing depth and complexity from succulent plum, blackberry and blueberry revealing star anise, black pepper, charcuterie and cedar. Balanced acidity provides freshness and structure, while layers of silky tannins result in an elegant finish with exceptional length.
'Gorgeous floral lift and vibrant plum and fresh, pureed blackberry and mulberry aromas. The palate is full of rich, ripe, sculpted and slippery-smooth fruit, so young and lithe it runs away from you, trailing deep notes of spice, black olive, dried herbs and ironstone minerals in its wake. On day two, it is buoyant and muscular: the fruit starts to build, bearing waves of ground black pepper, anise, liquorice, baking spices, tamarind, cardamom and cigar smoke. Fine but distinct layers of lacy tannins and gently creamy oak support an ultra-long and harmonious finish. Powerful but perfectly proportioned; the consummate Shiraz.' 99pts, Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine
'Henschke's 2016 Hill of Grace Shiraz is locked up tight behind a stubborn wall of firm tannins. Scents of pencil shavings, mocha, bay leaf, mixed berries and plums appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate starts off broad, expansive and creamy, then draws to a chewy, drying finish. There's ample concentration, length, complexity and a definitive track record of aging, so put this version away for several years while waiting for it to emerge and show its true glory. If you absolutely must drink it now, decanting for a couple of hours helps soften the tannins and brings the fruit forward.' 98pts, Joe Czerwinski, www.roberparker.com
We have been proudly selling Henschke wines for many years, and are their official stockist in the UK. Please note, that this is stored at ideal, temperature-controlled conditions in our bonded warehouse, and might therefore take up to one week to be delivered.