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Monday 20 August 2018

"Exquisite" new Henschke Hill of Grace to be in short supply

The 2013 vintage of Australia's icon single-vineyard wine - Henschke Hill of Grace - is one of the smallest vintages in the wine's history after a difficult dry vintage. 

To be released on September 3, the new Hill of Grace marks 150 years of Henschke family winemaking in South Australia. 

Stephen Henschke describes the 2013 vintage as "extremely low yielding and exquisitely beautiful".

While every vintage of Hill of Grace is a limited-release, 2013 and the following 2014 vintage are among our smallest harvests," fifth-generation winemaker Henschke said. No Hill of Grace was made in 1960, 1974, 2000 and 2011. 

The Hill of Grace "ancestor" vines are 158-years-old and were planted pre-Phylloxera opposite the historic Gnadenberg Church in the Eden Valley. They have been tended by Prue Henschke for close to 40 years.

The first Hill of Grace single vineyard shiraz was made by fourth-generation vigneron Cyril Henschke in 1958 and the wine has since become a global icon, sought after by collectors around the world. 

"I can't think of any other single-vineyard wine that had its first vintage from centenarian vines and has continued to be made for another 55 years," said Henschke. 

Those of us lucky enough to attend the launch were treated to a range of vintages from 1962 (which sold for 5 shillings) to the current release.

A book, Hill of Grace: 150 Years of Henschke under Southern Skies, written by Fiona MacDonald and published by Hardie Grant Books will be released on September 3 along with the new vintage and will retail for $59.95.

The 2013 Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz has an RRP of $825. My notes: An elegant wine of amazing intensity with beautifully integrated oak and impressive tannin structure. Tremendous length and depth; harmonious on every level. 97 points. 


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