HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2016
100 points “The balance is pitch perfect. It is a vintage of extreme pedigree.” – James Suckling
99 points “Powerful but perfectly proportioned; the consummate Shiraz.” – Decanter
99 points “Resist the seductive temptations of its youth and drink the 2015 first because the true spectacle of 2016 is decades away.” – James Halliday’s Wine Companion
98 points “There's ample concentration length complexity and a definitive track record of aging so put this version away for several years while waiting for it to emerge and show its true glory.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
19.5+ points “There is no doubt that this will be a long-lived vintage for Hill of Grace and it continues a magnificent run of releases from this blessed corner of the wine world.” – Matthew Jukes
“The atmospheric and beautiful Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz is Australia’s most famous single vineyard wine.” – Langton’s
The Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine bestowed an “exceptional” ranking upon Hill of Grace placing it alongside the likes of Penfolds Grange. For those not familiar with Langton’s it’s an auction house that created a classification that has become the honour roll of Australia’s top fine wines. The wines are judged on the demand in the market over at least a decade rather than simply relying on one critic’s opinion on a single vintage tasting. So when they say this is one of Australia’s true greats they really know what they’re talking about.
This pure Shiraz is matured in new French and American oak for 18 months. We weren’t sure that the 2015 could be improved upon but what a follow up the 2016 is. With back-to-back perfect scores from James Suckling the 55th release of this incredible wine displays notes of raspberry plum blackberry crème de cassis liquorice tapenade Chinese five spice sage thyme creamy coffee soya sauce chinotto vanilla roasted chestnut cigars and a seasoning of salt and black pepper. Rich velvety and mesmerising it should be not be missed by anyone with a serious red wine collection.
The Henschke family have been making wine in Eden Valley since 1868. From the biodynamically farmed Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone vineyards Stephen and Prue Henschke create two of Australia’s most sought-after wines. The vines used to make Hill of Grace were planted in 1860 and it’s one of the very best wines in the world.
SKU No.: 3627368
Style No.: 864644
Region: Barossa Valley
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%