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Henschke - Hill of Grace 2010

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Eden Valley
  • Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2015-2040
Duty/Vat Paid
Bin End Limited Stock: (6 btls)
WA: 97+ (2009) JR: 19 (2008) WS: 97 (2008) JS: 97 (2009) VS: 95 (2005) WE: 91 (2009) JH: 97 (2009) WF: 96 (2009) Misc: 99 Stars (2009) Misc: 18.5 Stars (2008)

Wine tasting notes

Medium garnet in colour, the 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavours, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length.

Winery Information

Henschke

The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)97+ pts

Wine Advocate # 211. Feb 2014. Reviewer : Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2009 Hill of Grace is a little closed, though it reveals notes of warm black plums, blackberry coulis and cloves with subtle nuances of dried Provence herbs, forest floor and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses layers of medium to full-bodied black fruit and earth-laced flesh elegantly structured by a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, nicely balanced acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2026+.

JancisRobinson.com (2008)19 pts

Tasted Mar 2013 - Dark purple. Spicy and racy and with real energy. Dry finish but lovely five-spice notes. very characteristic of the vineyard. Maybe you could even drink this with food now?

Wine Spectator (2008)97 pts

The 2008 (97 points), the current vintage, is simply a majestic wine, already showing the suppleness and balance that it took previous vintages years to attain. A sensuous wine that snakes through the palate, leaving behind clouds of cherry, licorice, exotic spices and bitter chocolate notes.

James Suckling (2009)97 pts

June, 2014. One of the most triumphant top tier South Australian reds from the 2009 vintage, this has a layered and luxurious feel to it - a trademark array of spice and fruit characters with a lot of sage, fresh blackberry and toasty oak, some more meaty fermentation-derived notes and a graphite edge, smoky too - there's plenty going on here. The palate is supple and even, good fleshy berry fruits and genuine depth on offer, tannins have a polished sheen to them, layered and supple, great fleshy volume and drive. It is deeply ripe and the tannin structure is both subtle and profound. It resonates long, very deep, very enduring, supple and fleshy with a sapid, purring finish. Impressive wine. Drink in 2019.

Vinous/Stephen Tanzer (2005)95 pts

Sept/Oct 09 by Josh Raynolds - Deep, bright ruby. Assertively perfumed bouquet offers a kaleidoscopic array of dark berry preserve, Asian spice, tobacco and incense aromas, with sexy vanilla and smoked meat notes adding complexity. Smooth in texture and deeply concentrated, with palate-staining blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors underscored by zesty mineral and spice notes. Supple tannins add support to the lush but strikingly lithe fruit and linger on the extremely long, juicy finish. This superbly balanced wine deserves another decade of bottle aging, at a minimum.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)91 pts

This wine is rather developed, showing leather, earth and tobacco on the nose. Savory and meaty rather than fruity, it is full-bodied and pleasantly supple. Drink now

James Halliday (2009)97 pts

Full crimson-purple; the fragrant bouquet of spiced red and black flower and fruit aromas, the palate so perfectly proportioned and weighted it is easy to just drink it, knowing it ticks each and every box for a classic medium-bodied shiraz. But there's much more to be discovered: the cedar, earth and licorice subtext to the primary web of black fruits and superfine tannins will do for a start

Wine Front (2009)96 pts

It’s a distinctive wine. It’s so un-Grange like in its flavour profile. It tastes like it comes from a garden. Truffles, blackcurrant, soy, smoky oak, saturated plums, fennel and crushed dry spice. It’s soft and mellifluous. There’s a clear herbal influence, in the most positive of manners. Tannin is infused thoroughly with spice; the spice doesn’t just come as lift, it’s ingrained, as it is in high grade charcuterie. Mostly French oak, and it shows, but a little American oak, and it shows. Remarkably approachable even though the tannin curls and lingers. Immensely silken tannin. Immensely interesting wine.

Miscellaneous (2008)18.5 stars

Andrew Graham, ozwinereview.com - "Molten. Perhaps less spice this year? Glacé purpleness this vintage. Black coal and oh so luscious. Licoricey, super thick and concentrated texture. Like a Barossan floor red in its thick texture. Still that black edge. It's good but its still a little coffeed and porty, with a very un Hog-like treacly texture. Impressive in its concentration and seamless palate but ultimately a little indistinct. Still pretty damn good regardless, just not quite as great a HoG as the 06 or 04."

Miscellaneous (2009)99 stars

Tony Love, Adelaide Wine Review - "Perhaps one of the greatest SA wines from the 2009 vintage, now five years on and in a glorious place in its own lifespan. It has an extraordinary aroma, an intense essence of crimson, semi-dried plums and you’d swear you can smell the earth, trees and blossoms of its surrounds. Subtle notes of orange peel and spice then rise from the palate, as well as deeper layers of savoury herbs, fennel, and allspice, which add to the wines richness and complexity, and flavour the finish which is smooth, soft, long and fine."

Vinification Notes

Matured in 100% new French (50%) and American (50%) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.