The acclaimed Henschke family, foundation members of Australia’s First Families of Wine, was one of the pioneering families of South Australia when Johann Christian Henschke migrated from Silesia (Germany in 1841). Each generation has contributed to the legend with fourth generation Cyril Henschke pioneering varietal, single-vineyard wines in the 1950s, most famously Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace Shiraz. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen and his viticulturist wife Prue have won many awards for their talent, innovation and integration of vineyard and winery. They lead the way with environmental, biodynamic and organic principles. Henschke wines are handcrafted and deeply personal, reflecting the unique terroir of vineyards: the wine names tell either a personal story of the family or the cultural history of their region.
Deep purple-crimson, even after five years. Explosively rich and decadent, with sumptuous black fruits that have soaked up the new and used French oak and carry the alcohol with ease. The grapes were picked early between March 9 and 13 before the heatwave ended. Each block was separately made and matured, and the final blend is not made until shortly before bottling. Rating: 98 points. Weekend Australian, 06 Apr 2013, James Halliday.
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? Rating: 19.0/20, Drink 2018-2042. Jancis Robinson MW
Very deep, dark red-purple colour; the bouquet an explosion of super-ripe blackberry, mocha and violets...powerful, full-bodied and very long on the palate. A big wine, with all components in superb harmony. With a youthful firm texture, it needs time and will be a great Hill of Grace. Best 2018-48. Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 02 April 2013
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. There-s a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from 2017 to 2035+. Rating: 96 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
So to the main event, a wine that already seemed very comfortable in its own skin, taking time to offer up its charms: spicy licorice, subtle elegant and composed, not a show pony. Elegance personified. Only beginning to open up with hints of cinnamon, tea leaves, and soy sauce. It’s the feeling on the palate that’s so complete, that gossamer texture, the soft rounded fruit that feels like the antithesis of blockbuster, absolutely terrific line and length with a pine needle spice concentration and seemingly endless finish. Rating: 97 Points; The Wining Pom