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.
Essentially a young-vine Hill of Grace (although the grapevines were 28 years old at the time), the 2016 Hill of Roses Shiraz comes from a single block replanted using selections from the original vines. Hints of menthol and bay leaf mark the nose, imparting an inimitable Eden Valley note to the dark berry aromas. It's full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, tannic but ripe, finishing long and velvety. Date: March 2021; Drink: 2024-2040; Rating: 95 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Incredibly aromatic, so much exotic spice (so evocative of that vineyard, Hill of Grace), lift of alpine herb, fennel, ripe plum, choc-cherry, kirsch, and, amongst it all, faint sandalwood and nougat notes. Beautiful perfume, that spice such a feature and so compelling, so distinct and original. Supple in the palate, elegant is a good word, lush in a way too. Sweet hearted, pretty, red berry and blue berry fruitiness, rose water, cinnamon spice, soft tannins that ripple seamlessly through the wine and it all draws long, long, long and then gently tugs at the palate with gummy pucker. Tasted: Mar 2021 Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $415; Closure: Glass Stopper; Drink: 2021-2040+; Rated: 96 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Deep ruby-red colour with tints of purple, and a glorious bouquet of mixed dried herbs and earthy, ironstone, licorice and undergrowth complexities. The wine is full-bodied and has lovely soft tannins with a satiny texture, the finish rolling on long, satisfying and harmonious. Date: March 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2038; Price: $415.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
So fragrant and lively at five-years-old, it pulsates with life. Is it the power of suggestion but are there dark rose notes amongst the violet and floral aromatics? Maybe the mind is playing tricks with this wine. If it is, it’s not a bad trick to play. Alluring aromas here of turned earth, briar, black fruits, port wine dark jelly, anise, and baking spice. A balance of sweet shiraz fruit intensity, a smidge of the savoury and a lifted, aromatic prettiness and delicacy. Oak and tannins fully absorbed. A warm and embracing but also substantial shiraz that will age a treat. Date Tasted: March 2021; Rating: 97 Points; Jeni Port; Wine Pilot
The vines were 26yo in '16, too young for inclusion in Hill of Grace, notwithstanding its undoubted quality, matured for 14 months in French hogsheads (30% new). There's not a single hair out of place in a perfectly framed, medium-bodied shiraz. Bred in the purple. Drink to: 2046; Date Tasted: March 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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