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  • Country ranking ?

    286
  • Producer ranking ?

    39
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

The Story

Nicolaus Stanitski, a Henschke ancestor, originally planted the Hill of Grace vineyard during the 1860s above the Barossa Valley. During the 1950s Cyril Henschke took his family concern back to wine and established the Hill of Grace label in 1956. The Shiraz vines – many now over 140 years old – are among the world's oldest genetic Shiraz plant material. It is remarkable that the vineyard remained intact considering the economic uncertainty and the social conditions of the time. The vineyard is planted on red clay soils overlain by sandy and silty loams interspersed with gravels.

There are several blocks including Grandfather’s Post Office Blocks One and Two, Young which is made up of the younger selected material located near the vines of the old post office, and the Church Block, House Block and Windmill Block. Vintage takes place during mid to late April, each parcel vinified separately to maximise blending options. The Hill of Grace style has developed along Grange lines, but by a circuitous route. Vinification takes place in open headed down fermenters with regular pumping over. Towards dryness the wine is drained and pressed. Partial barrel fermentation in a combination of new American and French oak follows to integrate oak and create complexity. The wine is then allowed to mature in the same oak for a period of about 18 months before bottling and further maturation. 

HILL OF GRACE

Location: Eden Valley wine region, 4 km north-west of Henschke Cellars at Keyneton, in the Barossa Range, South Australia.

Varieties: Shiraz (on own roots). Vines originate from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early European settlers. Riesling and Semillon.

Wines Produced: Shiraz – individual vineyard bottling since 1958.

Age: Oldest vines planted in 1860s.

Average Yield: 5 tonnes/hectare (2 tonnes/acre)

Soil: Alluvial, sandy loam over clay.

Trellis: 2 wire vertical/single wire at 70 centimetres.

Planting: Wide planting – 3.1 metres x 3.7 metres. Most are planted east-west, some north-south. Dry grown.

Treatments: Tilled and dodged for many years without herbicide. Only copper and sulphur used for foliage sprays. Now mulched and grassed down. Fungus problems are minimal. Vineyard can be considered 'organic'.

Maintenance Quality: Mass selection carried out over two growing seasons. Establishment of a mother source block.

Rainfall: 520 mm

Altitude: 400 metres


Year Vintage Quality Optimum Drinking

1984 Exceptional 20+ years
1985 Exceptional 15+ years
1986 Exceptional 20+ years
1987 Very Good 15+ years
1988 Exceptional 15+ years
1989 Great 15+ years
1990 Exceptional 20+ years
1991 Excellent 20+ years
1992 Excellent 20+ years
1993 Great 15+ years
1994 Exceptional 20+ years
1995 Excellent 20+ years
1996 Exceptional 25+ years
1997 Very Good 15+ years
1998 Exceptional 20+ years
1999 Excellent 20+ years
2000 Not Produced
2001 Excellent 20+ years
2002 Exceptional 25+ years
2003 Great 15+ years
2004 Excellent 20+ years
2005 Exceptional 20+ years
2006 Exceptional 20+ years
2007 Great 20+ years

 

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Vintage 1989

Hill of Grace

Nicolaus Stanitski, a Henschke ancestor, originally planted the Hill of Grace vineyard during the 1860s above the Barossa Valley. During the 1950s Cyril Henschke took his family concern back to wine and established the Hill of Grace label in 1956. The Shiraz vines – many now over 140 years old – are among the world's oldest genetic Shiraz plant material. It is remarkable that the vineyard remained intact considering the economic uncertainty and the social conditions of the time. The vineyard is planted on red clay soils overlain by sandy and silty loams interspersed with gravels. There are several blocks including Grandfather’s Post Office Blocks One and Two, Young which is made up of the younger selected material located near the vines of the old post office, and the Church Block, House Block and Windmill Block. Vintage takes place during mid to late April, each parcel vinified separately to maximise blending options. The Hill of Grace style has developed along Grange lines, but by a circuitous route. Vinification takes place in open headed down fermenters with regular pumping over. Towards dryness the wine is drained and pressed. Partial barrel fermentation in a combination of new American and French oak follows to integrate oak and create complexity. The wine is then allowed to mature in the same oak for a period of about 18 months before bottling and further maturation. In my opinion vintages before 1978 are a hit and miss affair and are not worth seeking out – unless for reference purposes.

Henschke Vineyard Technical Information:

HILL OF GRACE

Location: Eden Valley wine region, 4 km north-west of Henschke Cellars at Keyneton, in the Barossa Range, South Australia.

Varieties: Shiraz (on own roots). Vines originate from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early European settlers. Riesling and Semillon.

Wines Produced: Shiraz – individual vineyard bottling since 1958.

Age: Oldest vines planted in 1860s.

Average Yield: 5 tonnes/hectare (2 tonnes/acre)

Soil: Alluvial, sandy loam over clay.

Trellis: 2 wire vertical/single wire at 70 centimetres.

Planting: Wide planting – 3.1 metres x 3.7 metres. Most are planted east-west, some north-south. Dry grown.

Treatments: Tilled and dodged for many years without herbicide. Only copper and sulphur used for foliage sprays. Now mulched and grassed down. Fungus problems are minimal. Vineyard can be considered 'organic'.

Maintenance Quality: Mass selection carried out over two growing seasons. Establishment of a mother source block.

Rainfall: 520 mm

Altitude: 400 metres

Latitude: 34 degrees 30'

Longitude: 139 degrees 07'

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Flavorful and Vibrant

flavors

Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Toasty, Smoky, Cigar-box and Tobacco

nose

Intense, Seductive, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Balanced, Developing, Round, Harmonious, Vigor and Silky tannins

Verdict

Exotic and Intelligent

Written Notes

Great vintage. Average to good yields. Mild and above average winter rainfall and a hot, windy start to spring. Further drizzly windy weather during flowering resulted in poor fruit set in some Shiraz in the Barossa Ranges. A mild, dry summer set the scene for excellent quality that was only spoilt by two weeks of excessive heat when vintage started in late February and finished mid-March. A surprise wine in the tasting because of the reputation of the 1989 vintage across the eastern states. Medium crimson. Intense, ground coffee menthol aromas with some mocha-berry meaty nuances. The palate is quite restrained and elegant with emphasis on structure rather than fruit. Fine lacey tannins and minerally acidity but with a bright core of blackberry pastille/mocha fruit characters. Excellent flavour length. A very complete likeable wine but with some contrived cherry nuances. 18 points (90/100).
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Information

Origin

South Australia, Eden Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Hill of Grace 1989  ( Henschke )

"Great vintage. Average to good yields. Mild and above average winter rainfall and a hot, windy start to spring. Further drizzly windy weather during flowering resulted in poor fruit set in some Shiraz in the Barossa Ranges. A mild, dry summer set the scene for excellent quality that was only spoilt by two weeks of excessive heat when vintage started in late February and finished mid-March.


A surprise wine in the tasting because of the reputation of the 1989 vintage across the eastern states. Medium crimson. Intense, ground coffee menthol aromas with some mocha-berry meaty nuances. The palate is quite restrained and elegant with emphasis on structure rather than fruit. Fine lacey tannins and minerally acidity but with a bright core of blackberry pastille/mocha fruit characters. Excellent flavour length. A very complete likeable wine but with some contrived cherry nuances. 18 points (90/100).
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