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.
The 2010 vintage will be remembered as one of the most perfect renditions of this single site planted dating back to 1860. The signature spice and sage leaf are here. It's bursting with an array of dark brown spice aromas, pepper too, the fruits run from raspberry tinges through to deep blackberry, cassis and blueberry fruits, blue plums too. The palate is immensely smooth and soft, velvety tannins have deep-grained texture. It floats with richness yet lightness, and really fills out the palate and occupies every possible space. The balance is superb and the finish runs so long and deep in several phases of favor, from plum to cherry, from roasted spice and mocha, it goes on seemingly endlessly, saturated in old vine Shiraz flavor yet perfectly poised. Tannins shimmer, acidity reflects off their smooth-honed surface. This is the Eden Valley equivalent of Burgundy's Le Chambertin - a bottomless well of flavor, elegant yet profoundly powerful and another brilliant addition to a superb run of recent vintages. Best from 2022. Rating: 99 Points; Nick Stock; Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE
This is a wine of remarkable intensity that is destined to be rated with the greatest Hill of Graces. Think ripeness, concentration, balance and a tribute to a remarkable vineyard with vines up to 150 years old in the Eden Valley. A wise wine, one that is comfortable in its skin even in its youth, with dark berry notes, a melange of Asian spices, cedary oak and silky tannins. It a wine that will continue to emerge and flourish over the next couple decades. A vinous treasure. I'm happy to score this one 99/100. Rating: 99 Points; Winsor Dobbin
The colour shows no sign of age, the bouquet and palate reminiscent of a Beethoven symphony, throbbing with power, its black fruits in a web of fine, ripe tannins, building inexorably to the last movement, constantly revisiting and rephrasing all that has gone before. Rating: 99 Points; Drink by: 2050; Price: $699.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 14.5%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
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