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.
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.
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