Henschke: Hill of Grace Shiraz
The ethereal and seductive Henschke Hill of Grace, first produced by fourth-generation winemaker Cyril Henschke in 1958, is one of Australia’s most famous single-vineyard wines. The historic Hill of Grace vineyard lies in a shallow fertile valley at around 400m above sea level and was originally planted around the 1860s by Nicolaus Stanitzki, a Henschke ancestor on the maternal side. The old, gnarled, low-yielding shiraz vines are dry grown and managed using organic and biodynamic principles to preserve soil moistures, optimise vine and soil health and drought proof the vineyard.
The ancestor vines were planted on their own roots using pre-phylloxera shiraz cuttings brought out from Europe by the early settlers and are now over 150 years old. The fruit from each block is handpicked at optimum maturity and individually vinified using traditional winemaking techniques. After two years in oak barrels the wine is blended and bottled without fining, and matured in the Henschke cellars until release.
“Every vintage of Hill of Grace is a limited release, but some are more limited than others. There was no Henschke Hill of Grace made in 1960, 1974 and 2000. Just one barrel was produced in 2003, no vintage in 2011, and extremely tiny releases for 2013 and 2014.” – Stephen Henschke, winemaker
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