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Henschke Hill of Grace 

 

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; "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  $864.95 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  $885.00 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   $975.00 per bottle

2004 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Showing its class with its extreme length and great balance" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Excellent vintage" - Winery   $945.00 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   $975.00 per bottle

1998 Henschke Hill of Grace  Robert Parker 97 points; Stephen Tanzer -96 points; James Halliday - 96 points; Jeremy Oliver 96 points  $895.00 per bottle

1997 Henschke Hill of Grace  Jeremy Oliver - 95 points   $845.00 per bottle

1995 Henschke Hill of Grace  Jeremy Oliver - 93 points; James Halliday 93 points; Robert Parker 93 points  $875.00 per bottle

1991 Henschke Hill of Grace  "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; "In the mouth a potent wine with some striking similarities to Grange Hermitage, not the least being the degree of lift, and also the tremendous length on the palate" - James Halliday, 94 points  $875.00 per bottle

1990 Henschke Hill of Grace  "Medium-bodied, it has great generosity in the mouth balanced by a nice acid line and a medium level of velvety tannins through the long finish. This one still has loads of life and should easily drink through 2025+" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 97 points; "Exceptional vintage. Superbly complex bouquet, deep and youthful, bright and definite. Rich, quite dense palate. Very good intensity and flavour depth… Long, long carry. Impressive wine still on the ascendant. Date Tasted: Mar 2013" - Huon Hooke, 95 points; "Wondrously deep and pristine wine reveals layer after layer of expressive fruit and new oak-derived complexity" - Jeremy Oliver, 93 points; "The palate is ripe and concentrated with fine dark chocolate/prune/plummy fruit flavours underpinned by malty, subtle oak, ripe, textured tannins and excellent length. Super wine" - Andrew Caillard MW   $995.00 per bottle