Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 2017

Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 2017

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Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 

Region: Eden Valley, South Australia

Vintage: 2017

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Shiraz

ABV: 14.5%

Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable

Deep ruby with vibrant crimson hues. Ethereal aromas of blackberry, raspberry compote, star anise and cocoa, entwined with crushed flowering herbs, fresh bay leaf, dried sage and rose petal. The palate is rich, complex, powerful and mouth coating with incredible freshness and elegant, silky layers of dark blackberry and red currant, a savoury line of charcuterie, and mature, velvety tannins revealing seamless length and depth.

The eight hectare Hill of Grace vineyard is situated four kilometres north west of Henschke Cellars beside the beautiful Gnadenberg Lutheran Church at an altitude of 400 metres. ‘Gnadenberg’ means ‘Hill of Grace’ in German. First planted in 1860, it was purchased by second-generation Paul Gotthard Henschke in 1891, but it was not until 1958 that winemaker Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard Shiraz from the grapes grown here. The red-brown earth over a deep, silty loam has excellent moisture holding capacity for these old, ungrafted, dry grown vines. Organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard are supported with undervine mulching and permanent cover crops. The original vines, known affectionately as the 'Ancestors' are now approximately 160 years old. They grow alongside a small section of 'Centenarians' (vines over 100 years), and 35 year old vines, which are all planted on their own rootstock.

The Henschke family have been making wine at their estate in the Eden Valley since 1868. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke took over running the winery in 1979. Together with his viticulturist wife, Prue, they have taken their two single vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, and transformed them into two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. Through a combination of great viticulture from Prue, named ‘Outstanding Viticulturalist 2020’, who is at the forefront of re-introducing native plants into their vineyards to improve biodiversity, and winemaking from Stephen, they have built upon their inheritance and turned this traditional producer into one that is celebrated all around the world