Henschke

Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz

9.421 ratings
9.65 pro ratings
Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

A Mother’s Day treat last Sunday with Roast Lamb. An initial aroma of H2S which I sometimes get with Henschke reds. Took a while to blow off. Some Animale and vegetal notes amongst the raspberry, earth and spice. After a few hours aromas of ground coffee. However the wonderful supple palate overwhelmed any negativity from the nose. Sweet and earthy with those liquid velvet tannins - a product of ancient vines, the oldest of which are 160 years old. An inner core which will carry this through to the 2030s. I decided to open this as the exceptional 2016 has just been released for sale at the princely sum of $890AUD. I won’t be buying at that price but I’m sure they will sell the lot with or without the Chinese market.

A Mother’s Day treat last Sunday with Roast Lamb. An initial aroma of H2S which I sometimes get with Henschke reds. Took a while to blow off. Some Animale and vegetal notes amongst the raspberry, earth and spice. After a few hours aromas of ground coffee. However the wonderful supple palate overwhelmed any negativity from the nose. Sweet and earthy with those liquid velvet tannins - a product of ancient vines, the oldest of which are 160 years old. An inner core which will carry this through to the 2030s. I decided to open this as the exceptional 2016 has just been released for sale at the princely sum of $890AUD. I won’t be buying at that price but I’m sure they will sell the lot with or without the Chinese market.

May 10th, 2021
Bob McDonald

An icon of Australian Red wine. Unfortunately a strong whiff of H2S on the Nose. I have struck this problem previously with also Henschke Mount Edelstone on a couple of occasions. The hallmark of this wine has always been its beautiful supple silky tannins with flavours of plum and raspberry. Tannins totally resolved. The product of a 140 year single vineyard in the Eden Valley. Unfortunately prices these days have gone through the roof. I hope we don’t encounter the H2S in subsequent bottles.

An icon of Australian Red wine. Unfortunately a strong whiff of H2S on the Nose. I have struck this problem previously with also Henschke Mount Edelstone on a couple of occasions. The hallmark of this wine has always been its beautiful supple silky tannins with flavours of plum and raspberry. Tannins totally resolved. The product of a 140 year single vineyard in the Eden Valley. Unfortunately prices these days have gone through the roof. I hope we don’t encounter the H2S in subsequent bottles.

Feb 6th, 2019
Ailla Avery

Black olive, tobacco, beautiful fruit and elegance. Almost old world on so many levels.

Black olive, tobacco, beautiful fruit and elegance. Almost old world on so many levels.

2 people found it helpfulMar 11th, 2016
Ann Feely

Wine with leftovers, certainly not leftover wine!

Wine with leftovers, certainly not leftover wine!

Dec 27th, 2013
Jay Monger

Absolutely fantastic. Definitely can continue to cellar for years. Happy Birthday to me!

Absolutely fantastic. Definitely can continue to cellar for years. Happy Birthday to me!

Mar 30th, 2013
David MacMillan

Great combination. Cloudburst has to be the closest Chard to a high end white burgundy outside of France. This 2013 was spectacular, with electric minerality. The 1998 Hill of Grace is claimed to be one of the 3 best Australian vintages (along with 02 and 06). Whoever says that Australian wines can’t age is just dead wrong! Anyway, tasted like an aged cuvée CDP and the depth and structure was just outstanding.

Great combination. Cloudburst has to be the closest Chard to a high end white burgundy outside of France. This 2013 was spectacular, with electric minerality. The 1998 Hill of Grace is claimed to be one of the 3 best Australian vintages (along with 02 and 06). Whoever says that Australian wines can’t age is just dead wrong! Anyway, tasted like an aged cuvée CDP and the depth and structure was just outstanding.

Jan 3rd, 2020
B
10

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace Syrah. Dinner w A&S at Ac House. Decanted for over an hour. Delicious. Tons of fruit, nice acid. Eucalyptus, mint, asphalt, gravel. Very balanced Tons of life left.

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace Syrah. Dinner w A&S at Ac House. Decanted for over an hour. Delicious. Tons of fruit, nice acid. Eucalyptus, mint, asphalt, gravel. Very balanced Tons of life left.

Dec 10th, 2018
Andrew Shaheen

Menthol, red fruit, great now

Menthol, red fruit, great now

Aug 15th, 2018
B
10

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace. Dinner at J&L B’s house during our staycation. Only decanted less than an hour before pouring, but it was still huge. May need to decant longer next time. Wasn’t as good as K had hoped during our Syrah tasting.

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace. Dinner at J&L B’s house during our staycation. Only decanted less than an hour before pouring, but it was still huge. May need to decant longer next time. Wasn’t as good as K had hoped during our Syrah tasting.

Apr 16th, 2018
Eric L.

Really amazing. Extremely complex with lots of eucalyptus supported by layers of lovely fruit. Really beautiful wine! Best Hill of Grace I’ve tasted.

Really amazing. Extremely complex with lots of eucalyptus supported by layers of lovely fruit. Really beautiful wine! Best Hill of Grace I’ve tasted.

Feb 7th, 2018