Hill of Grace Shiraz
The beautiful and ethereal Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz, first vintaged in 1958, is Australia’s most famous single vineyard wine. The evolution of wine style is inextricably intertwined with the flowering of the Barossa aesthetic. Prue and Stephen Henschke’s Hill of Grace is the quintessential Eden Valley Shiraz with its pristine blackberry pastille/sage aromas, mocha nuances, fine lacy tannins, voluminous freshness and underlying savoury oak. It has a compelling vinosity and singularity of voice; a scent of place that crescendos with age.
The eight hectare Hill of Grace Vineyard, which takes its name from the adjacent Gnadenberg Lutheran Church and lies at around 400m, was originally planted during the 1860s by Nicolaus Stanitzki, a Henschke ancestor. The gnarled old Shiraz vines, “some of the world’s oldest genetic material”, are dry grown and trellised on a two wire system. Organic and biodynamic principles are now employed to preserve soil moistures, optimise vine and soil health and “drought proof” the vineyard.
The vineyard is planted on red clay soils overlain by sandy and silty loams interspersed with gravels. The individual blocks are named after local landmarks and the remains of the 19th century Parrot Hill village. Several blocks are planted with “pre-phylloxera genetic material” brought out from Europe by early settlers. These include the surviving 1860s plantings known as Grandfather’s and Post Office Blocks One and Two. Church Block, House Block and Windmill Block, were planted with the same colonial vinestock, during the 1950s. Post Office Block Three was planted in 1989.
The highly refined, beautifully proportioned ‘Hill of Grace’ style speaks profoundly of place. Since 2002, Hill of Grace has reached another plane, the result of optimising magnificent vineyard resources, superb technical skills and craftsmanship. Not as powerful as Penfolds Grange nor as densely rich as many Barossa Shirazes, it defines the Eden Valley Shiraz genre.
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1428 Keyneton Road, Keyneton, South Australia, 5353
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