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Henschke Wines, Hill Of Grace 2008

Henschke Wines, Hill Of Grace 2008

Henschke Wines | Eden Valley, Australia | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Shiraz
Regular price £1,676.00
Regular price Offer price £1,676.00
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Over 165 years ago Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle and farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the famous Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. They were planted in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of the winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines, which sit at an altitude of 400m, with an average rainfall of 520mm. Hill of Grace is a unique, delineated, historic single vineyard that lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran church which is named after a picturesque region in Silesia called Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace.

With just four hectares of Shiraz planted on this ancient, low-yielding vineyard, every vintage is a limited release. There was no ‘Hill of Grace’ made in 1960, 1974 and 2000. Just one barrel was produced in 2003; no vintage in 2011 and extremely tiny vintages for 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020.

The Henschke estate practises biodynamic farming; "I would like to see the next generation inherit a fertile and sustainable land. Using the principles of biodynamics and organics enables me to create the best environment for plant growth."

What the critics say:

20/20Jancis Robinson

"Deep shaded dark ruby. Wonderfully intense and complex nose. This wine just wraps itself around you! (And I haven't even tasted it yet.) Intense cocktail of prunes and something floral. Really rich. Luscious palate of gorgeously ripe fruit, just the right level of refreshing acidity with mineral top notes. Extremely rewarding with many layers. Very long indeed."

19+/20Matthew Jukes

"There is tension here, with more depth and power and a hint of ostentatiousness on display. It feels more confident and less reticent, and also more worldly. Granted, this is a bigger wine and more layered and modern, but it is more detailed and exciting than some of the more refined vintages, too. The nose alone is incredible, and the fruit character and breadth of flavour are thrilling."

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Henschke Wines

The Henschke vineyards are nestled in some of Australia's most prized wine regions. The Eden Valley, renowned for its cool climate and elevated vineyards, provides the perfect backdrop for producing wines of elegance and finesse. Meanwhile, the Barossa Valley, a region celebrated for its rich Shiraz wines, offers a canvas for crafting bold and robust expressions.

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