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Henschke Hill of Grace 

 

2016 Henschke Hill of Grace  "A wine that delivers on every ounce of its promise and then some... The palate has such impressive layers of fine tannin that make an instantly seamless, powerful and focused impression. It has architectural style with clean lines that build and ascend out of the finish. Long, spiced blackberries and dark plums are extruded in formation with such finesse and power. The acidity holds a torch to the rich, ripe plums and blackberries, illuminating freshness at the finish. A wine that will develop in a very consistent manner and likely to be at its best some 20 years from now. A collector's dream" - Nick Stock, 100 points; "The wine is full-bodied but far from a blockbuster. The intensity and length are prodigious but it's the refinement of texture, the velvet softness of the tannins, the sublime texture, and quiet array of flavour complexities that seduce. It is already extraordinarily detailed and that's part of the genius of Hill of Grace wine. It's a gorgeous drink now, and will be for another 20 or 30 years. This is one of the greatest vintages of Hill of Grace" - Huon Hooke, 99 points; "Another glorious statement of seriously old-vine shiraz... This is quite simply extraordinary... It is so deeply intense and powerfully framed yet so effortlessly long and sustained. Multi-layered, textured, with driving intensity. It is a wine that will cellar for decades and be remembered as one of the greats" - Ray Jordan, 99 points; "Such effortless grace and caressing elegance, in the presence of commanding endurance that will sustain it for half a century. This is the paradox that defines the legendary fable that is Hill of Grace. 2016 embodies this: the profound depth of black fruits, bathed in the inimitable fragrance and exotic Chinese five-spice that characterises these old vines, set to tannins more finely textured yet more commanding than ever" - Tyson Stelzer, 99 points; "Finesse, balance, elegance, power, a wine dancing on the knife-edge of intensity and grace. Seamless, such a gloriously supple texture, and amazing length... The flavours come in waves and are carefully held in place by impressive structure and those silky tannins. The finish persists endlessly and all throughout, maintains its intensity. Thirty years? Forty years? Who knows, but it hardly matters" - Ken Garnett, 99 points; , Complex and pure-fruited... A seductive yet elegant wine with superb vinosity, complexity and resonance. Unmistakably Hill of Grace. A beautiful 'sotto-voce' vintage" - Andrew Caillard MW, 99 points; "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... 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" - Decanter, 99 points; "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" - Matthew Jukes, 19.5 points out of 20; "... the same flavours appearing on the palate, which is tremendously concentrated and powerful, without loss of its essential elegance. A miraculous wine of concentration and balance. A powerful vintage of this wine" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; "This magnificent red is seamless and creamy... Though full-bodied, this is so polished and supple it has an effortless air about it, with a long, epic finish" - Wine Spectator, 98 points; "Restrained and elegant, this has cascading flavour that ripples over itself... this moves into an opulent, rich, dense space... It's a tour de force, and it has a fierce aspect this year" - Erin Larkin, 98 points; Joe Czerwinski, 98 points; "Classic seamless and deep concentration of fruit on the palate - quite subtle, not forward in the least - it's dark and intriguing and harmonious. Tannins are fine and savoury, tight and long. Oak is a picture of integration. The fruit is intense... This is a wine that urges you to think about IT" - Jeni Port, 98 points, "This is the embodiment of elegance, sweeping you through its colour (bright, not dense), bouquet (raspberry, plum and wild blackberry) and palate (a bowl of sombre fruit) held in the arms of tannins with no chance of fading in the next 30 years"- James Halliday, 97 points  $990.00 per bottle

2015 Henschke Hill of Grace  "A wine that delivers on every ounce of its promise and then some... The palate has such impressive layers of fine tannin that make an instantly seamless, powerful and focused impression. It has architectural style with clean lines that build and ascend out of the finish. Long, spiced blackberries and dark plums are extruded in formation with such finesse and power. The acidity holds a torch to the rich, ripe plums and blackberries, illuminating freshness at the finish. A wine that will develop in a very consistent manner and likely to be at its best some 20 years from now. A collector's dream" - Nick Stock, 100 points; "Inky textured and pure with fresh red cherry, mulberry, blackberry fruits, fine supple silky sweet tannins, superb mid palate viscosity and underlying roasted chestnut, mocha, vanilla oak notes. Finishes minerally long with persistent sweet fruits and a slight kick of aniseed. Gorgeous wine with a very strong scent of place" - Andrew Caillard MW, 100 points; "This has finesse and power, energy and restraint, all couched in a most intense capsule of flavour and concentration. The acidity laces all these characters together, weaving in and out of the fruit, suturing the spice, oak and texture as one. A remarkable wine for now and for decades hence... I cannot get over how it marries lightweight body with power and concentration. It's unbelievably impressive" - Erin Larkin, 99 points; "The wine has incredible length, and the balance is impeccable. The tannins are amazingly fine and silky; the texture is supple. A wine with decades ahead of it. A great Hill of Grace and a brilliant example of how great Australian wines can be" - Ken Garnett, 99 points; "The inimitable fragrance and spice of this hallowed place is stamped with greater clarity and fragrance than ever in 2015... Every detail is laced together eloquently with velvet fine tannins of a suppleness only possible from vines of such commanding maturity, yet with an endurance that will propel it for decades. 2015 sits confidently and resolutely alongside 2010 and 2012 as the greatest expressions of the modern era of this fabled and spiritual vineyard" - Tyson Stelzer, 99 points; "The wine is full-bodied but far from a blockbuster. The intensity and length are prodigious but it's the refinement of texture, the velvet softness of the tannins, the sublime texture, and quiet array of flavour complexities that seduce. It is already extraordinarily detailed and that's part of the genius of Hill of Grace wine. It's a gorgeous drink now, and will be for another 20 or 30 years. This is one of the greatest vintages of Hill of Grace" - Huon Hooke, 99 points; "Henschke says the '15 vintage provided stunning and elegant Eden Valley shiraz with extraordinary flavours, purity of fruit and acid balance. And indeed that's a fair description of this medium-bodied Hill of Grace... the beautifully balanced fruit flavours are vibrantly fresh. It would be easy to underestimate the likely longevity of this wine. One of the all-time greats" - James Halliday, 99 points; "2015 Hill of Grace is a sensational release from Henschke... What is clear to me is that this is one of the most luxurious and glamorously upholstered Hill of Grace Shiraz I have tasted" - Matthew Jukes, 19.5 points out of 20; "The full-bodied palate comes across as slightly weightier, richer and more velvety in texture than the 2014. Not as elegant perhaps, but more concentrated and powerful on the long, long finish" - Joe Czerwinski, 98 points; "Flaunting its rare restraint and finesse, it reveals layers of pristine translucently clear dark red, blue and black berry flavours... building in weight and lasting forever. A very different, distinctive Hill of Grace of exceptional quality and charm" - Jeremy Oliver, 97 points $975.00 per bottle

2008 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Explosively rich and decadent, with sumptuous black fruits" - James Halliday, 98 points; "Elegance personified... It's the feeling on the palate that's so complete, that gossamer texture, the soft rounded fruit that feels like the antithesis of blockbuster, absolutely terrific line and length with a pine needle spice concentration and seemingly endless finish" - The Wining Pom, 97 points; "The bouquet an explosion of super-ripe blackberry, mocha and violets...powerful, full-bodied and very long on the palate. A big wine, with all components in superb harmony. With a youthful firm texture, it needs time and will be a great Hill of Grace" - Huon Hooke, 96 points; "Spicy and racy and with real energy" - Jancis Robinson MW, 19.0 out of 20 points  $990.00 per bottle

2006 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Wonderful length and finish. Surely one of the best Hill of Graces" - James Halliday, 97 points; "It deserves its place amoung the great wines of the world... It has real power and concentration... Wonderful balance and poise" - Ray Jordan, 97 points; "Beautifully balanced, this will age slowly and profoundly" - Nick Stock; "Amazing Grace" - Tyson Stelzer, 96 points; The Wine Front - 96 points   $1050.00 per bottle

2004 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Showing its class with its extreme length and great balance" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Excellent vintage" - Winery   $995.00 per bottle

2002 Henschke Hill of Grace  "This stacked and packed, full-bodied Shiraz possesses formidable concentration, moderately high but silky tannin, and a finish that exceeds one minute. A modern day legend, it should easily evolve for 20-25 years" - Robert Parker, 98 points; "A near-perfect Eden Valley shiraz... It's supremely smooth and unctuous, presenting an intense, long and vibrant core of dark berry/plum fruit with a slightly wild and briary aspect. Underpinned by classically fine and powdery tannin, it finishes with lingering fruit and licorice-like influences. Artfully balanced and integrated" - Jeremy Oliver,  97 points; "The medium-bodied palate is feline and focused; very long, finishing with exceptionally fine-grained tannins. Harmonious and elegant" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Australian wine rarely gets any better... the 2002 edition could well be the best ever. That makes it a very desirable drop indeed" - Ralph Kyte-Powell, Wine of the week & *****, The Age Epicure; "Stephen Henschke reckons that the only comparable Barossan vintage to the ultra cool, ultra long 2002 is 1959 - though even going back that far, he still thinks that 2002 is probably a world of it own. It has produced a remarkably concentrated Hill of Grace Shiraz... A fabulously fruity, dark, silken wine with chalky tannins rippling through the finish. I like it a helluva lot - it's impossible not to" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points   $1150.00 per bottle

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace  Robert Parker 97 points; Stephen Tanzer -96 points; James Halliday - 96 points; Jeremy Oliver 96 points  $1150.00 per bottle

1997 Henschke Hill of Grace  Jeremy Oliver - 95 points   $950.00 per bottle

1991 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Rich start but very lovely texture. Spice and some quite dry tannins but wonderfully mellow overall. So complete. A real pleasure. Tasted Apr 2013" - Jancis Robinson, 19 points out of 20 points; "It is very pure, full-bodied and rich in the mouth, with profound and seductive flavors, a great backbone of crisp acid and firm, finely-grained tannins through the long finish. It is mature now but no rush to drink. Tasted Apr 2013" Lisa Perotti-Brown, 97 points; "This huge, broodingly backward, muscular, brawny, immensely concentrated yet formidably endowed wine requires another 4-5 years of cellaring; it should keep for 15-20 years" - Robert Parker, 95 points; "Heady, spicy and gamey bouques oozes with dark plums and cherries. Fine, velvety and long, it's a classy package" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points  $1200.00 per bottle