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.
This wine is named as a tribute to Johann Gottlieb Rosenzweig, one of the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers who settled at Parrot Hill in Eden Valley. The wine was produced from a small selection of low-yielding dry-grown shiraz vines from the Hill of Grace vineyard, named the Post Office block, that were a mere 21 years old at the time of picking and therefore considered too young for inclusion into Hill of Grace Shiraz. The quality of the grapes from this selection produced a wine that was too good to be declassified and warranted a separate bottling and limited release. The Post Office ruins are on the land that was previously Rosenzweig property, the Rosenzweig name translating from German to ‘rose twig’.
Very deep crimson with red hues. Attractive and alluring aromas of spiced Satsuma plums, blueberries and briary blackberries, with notes of black pepper, anise, fennel and cinnamon, supported by herbaceous nuances of crushed sage. Round and generous, with spicy and wild blue and black fruits, a focussed mid-palate of elegant structure and silky tannins that create beautiful texture and balance for an extraordinarily long finish.
Made from a small patch of 25yo vines on the Hill of Grace considered too young for inclusion in Hill of Grace in the magnificent '12 vintage, matured in French hogsheads (71% new) for 18 months. This has missile power and drive on an exact course stretching out far into the distance. Blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice (I won't use the word 'tar'), leather and earth flavours are wrapped by bonds of implacable tannins on a palate of prodigious length. Too good for Hill of Grace? A heretical question that in any event has no answer. Drink to: 2052; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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