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Henschke - `Hill of Grace` Eden Valley Shiraz 2015

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
£650.00 £520.00
Case Rate: £520.00
Ex Tax: £433.33
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Eden Valley
Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (2 btls)
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98 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Eden Valley
Wine Maker: Stephen Henschke
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750


The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer into one that is recognised by savvy wine drinkers throughout the world.

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.

Winery information


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 come.

Each generation has built upon the foundations of Henschke. In more recent times, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, shiraz wines from Eden Valley that have captured the red wine world’s imagination.

Today, it is fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue at the helm, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. This highly regarded team has won a multitude of awards that recognise the complementary nature of their roles - Stephen as winemaker and Prue as viticulturist. One of the most notable things about the couple is their ability to keep devotees fascinated. While they are perhaps most famous for Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, they continue to surprise with their new styles and techniques. Prue’s meticulous, innovative viticultural management has seen not only new life breathed into the venerable vines, but also a new direction given to white winemaking that their forebears could never have imagined.

Henschke boasts a strong portfolio, with a focus on ultra-premium single-vineyard wines. They maintain their ‘Exceptional wines from outstanding vineyards’ by sourcing additional fruit from growers of excellence, from the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills regions.

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. (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

Vinification notes

Henschke's 2015 Hill of Grace is made from 100% hand-picked, old-vine Shiraz. It was vinified in traditional open-top fermenters and matured in 86% French and 14% American (one-third new, two-thirds seasoned) oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling on-site.