Henschke Hill of Grace

South Australia, Australia   |  Smooth Red   |  Shiraz   |  2016
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“You can taste the site so clearly here and it seems that every vine is singing its 160-year-old song in perfect harmony.”– Matthew Jukes
2016 is the 55th release of ‘Hill of Grace’, first produced in 1958 from vines already almost 100 years old.
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.

"Pretty deep purplish crimson. Not much evolution at the rim (unlike the Hill of Roses). Initially pretty reticent on the nose. Then fumes started to swirl up from the glass as from a cauldron! I'm thinking witches here. Luscious ripe fruit within a stern framework — it really is impossible to spit out. Strong saline quality on the (very long) finish. Just unfurling in the glass but the intensity of the fruit almost masks the tannic charge. I know Stephen Henschke talks about the red and black fruit here but I get lots of mineral stuff. It is a really very unusual combination of lift/freshness with intensity of historic Shiraz. Such throat-soothing persistence! But what a price!! (Though more or less the same as Penfolds Grange 2016.) 24 hours later the colour seems to have mellowed. But the wine is still amazingly luscious and broad with strong mineral and saline notes. Decant this and you could enjoy it immediately." 18.5+ pts, Jancis Robinson

"Henschke's 2016 Hill of Grace Shiraz is locked up tight behind a stubborn wall of firm tannins. Scents of pencil shavings, mocha, bay leaf, mixed berries and plums appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate starts off broad, expansive, and creamy, then draws to a chewy, drying finish. There's ample concentration, length, complexity, and a definitive track record of ageing, so put this version away for several years while waiting for it to emerge and show its true glory. If you absolutely must drink it now, decanting for a couple of hours helps soften the tannins and brings the fruit forward." 98 pts, Joe Czerwinski, WA

"Gorgeous floral lift and vibrant plum and fresh, pureed blackberry and mulberry aromas. The palate is full of rich, ripe, sculpted and slippery-smooth fruit, so young and lithe it runs away from you, trailing deep notes of spice, black olive, dried herbs and ironstone minerals in its wake. On day two, it is buoyant and muscular: the fruit starts to build, bearing waves of ground black pepper, anise, liquorice, baking spices, tamarind, cardamom and cigar smoke. Fine but distinct layers of lacy tannins and gently creamy oak support an ultra-long and harmonious finish. Powerful but perfectly proportioned; the consummate Shiraz." 99 pts, Sarah Ahmed, Decanter

"While the 2015 is juicy, buoyant, pliant and welcoming this new 2016 release is upright, introverted and composed. The overture is one of restraint and elegance with discreet spice over a deep, dark, multi-layered core. There is immense polish, as always, and the savoury finish is not more or less tannic than the 2015, but it is certainly tense and bristling with energy. I remember noting that the 2015 was a wine that everyone, expert and novice alike, will love, but I am certain that 2016 Hill of Grace is, exclusively, an aficionado’s wine. You can taste the site so clearly here and it seems that every vine is singing its 160-year-old song in perfect harmony and this is incredibly mesmerising. There is no doubt that this will be a long-lived vintage for Hill of Grace and it continues a magnificent run of releases from this blessed corner of the wine world." 19.5 pts, Matthew Jukes

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  GrowerHenschke Wines
  Bottle size750
  Duty Paid / In BondIn Bond
  Vintage2016
  CountryAustralia
  RegionSouth Australia
  GrapeShiraz
  Wine TypeRed wines
  Wine StyleSmooth Red
  WinemakingBiodynamic wines, Organic wines, Vegan wines, Vegetarian wines
  OakStrongly Oaked
  DrinkabilityLay down
  SweetnessDry
  Abv14.5%

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