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`Hill of Grace` Eden Valley Shiraz
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Henschke - `Hill of Grace` Eden Valley Shiraz 2015

Australia
Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
£650.00 £552.50
Case Rate: £552.50
Ex Tax: £460.42
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Eden Valley
Winery: Henschke
Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 98 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Eden Valley
Winery: Henschke
Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

The 2015 vintage of one of Australia's most collectible wines is headily scented with aromas of plum and blackberry supported by enticing inflections of star anise and exotic five spice. On the palate, it is characteristically full-bodied yet displays exquisite finesse with velveteen tannins and an enchanting texture. Its core of succulent wild berry fruit and liquorice is underpinned by fine, juicy freshness, framed by beautifully seasoned cedary oak; all the hallmarks of a superb wine with a promising future ahead.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 98 pts

I briefly thought about just cutting and pasting the review of the 2014 into this space for the 2015 Hill of Grace Shiraz, but on further reflection, there are some differences between them—and isn't that one of the reasons we love wine? Scents of smoked meat and mocha accent notes of black olives and blackberries, joined by subtle notions of resinous herbs, while the full-bodied palate comes across as slightly weightier, richer and more velvety in texture than the 2014. Not as elegant perhaps, but more concentrated and powerful on the long, long finish.


JancisRobinson.com (2015) - 18.5 pts

The original 'ancestor' vines in this, Australia's most iconic vineyard, are more than 160 years old. Rich alluvial soils and gnarled old vines. Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard wine from them in 1958. For viticulturist Prue and winemaker Stephen Henschke, they are the family's crown jewels. Some might be surprised by how translucent a garnet this wine is – concentration is clearly no virtue here. Hauntingly well-integrated nose seems more evolved than that of stablemate Mount Edelstone – although admittedly I have had this wine in a young wine decanter for two hours – and would advise others to do the same. It's so much more of a Côte Rôtie than a Hermitage! Fresh and playful rather than brooding. It builds on the finish in a sort of burgundian way. Aromas of tar, iodine and dried brush. Great precision and a saline finish. A hugely confident style and so unlike the medicinal concentration of Penfolds Grange made down the hill in Barossa Valley.


James Suckling (2015) - 100 pts

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 center 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.


Decanter (2015) - 98 pts

The 58th vintage and 54th release of this famous Shiraz, from a 4ha vineyard of up to 160-year-old vines. There’s intriguing darkness and complexity in a heady perfume of measured black fruits and dried sage, unfurling layers of juicy cranberry, Chinese five spice and black pepper. There’s open-hearted generosity on the palate, although firm, fine tannins provide a sturdy frame – yes, it has big shoulders but no sign of a chubby midriff. And there’s also a luscious silky texture, with bright acidity and tannins ensuring sustained tension, without intruding on the extraordinary long flavours. Such precise balance shows the potential for excellent ageing. Released at AUD$865/bottle ($545). Drinking Window 2020 - 2050


James Halliday (2015) - 99 pts

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 - James Halliday