Henschke Hill of Grace
- South Australia, Australia
"The miraculous crimson colour is an early indication of a Hill of Grace that underlines its reputation as one of Australia’s greatest wines...It moves with grace from start to finish, red fruits keeping a narrow lead over dark/black berries. Tiny yield." 98/100, James Halliday
"Concentrated and effusive, featuring notes of tar, white truffle, Kalamata olive, chocolate and loamy earth, which give way to chocolate-covered cherry and plum compote flavors and accents of Earl Grey tea and dried lavender. Shows plenty of generosity to the flavors, but also refinement and elegance, with smooth, velvety tannins and a long, expressive finish." 96/100, Wine Spectator
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.
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."