x
  • Country ranking ?

    94
  • Producer ranking ?

    23
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Kangaroo Meatballs with Garlic and Basil Tomato sauce

Parkerpoints: 99p The 2005 Hill of Grace is 100% Shiraz sourced from vines ranging in age from 57 to 149 years with the original planting in 1860. It was aged in 100% new French and American oak for 21 months. It is opaque purple/black with a spectacular bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, truffle, lavender, anise, mulberry, and plum. Loaded on the palate and already complex, this sweetly-fruited wine is surprisingly elegant as well as powerful, the iron fist in the velvet glove. It has a finish lasting over 60 seconds and will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2035.

Read more
Close

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

 

Read more
Close

Vintage 2005

Vintage 2005 was early, warm, quick - fantastic quality with good yields - and exhausting.

Above average winter rains led into a beautiful spring, with some early November frosts but good flowering weather in late November and early December. Summer was wet and wild, with an amazing roller-coaster of weekly thunderstorms that helped maintain good subsoil moisture. Rains in January were followed by a dry February, and the dry weather continued right through the autumn. Warmer than usual autumnal weather caused an early, compact harvest of above average yields. The late Indian summer lasted into May, well after all the fruit was harvested with colour, flavour and maturity figures not seen since the 2002 vintage.

The quality of the 2005 vintage is sure to be ranked as one of the best on record, after 2002, with all varieties showing strongly. Once again the signature varieties for Eden Valley, ie, riesling and shiraz, performed brilliantly.

Read more
Close

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Medium, Extensive and Flavorful

nose

Open, Fresh and Seductive

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Perfectly balanced, Complex, Good texture, Developing, Firm, Round, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Lovely magenta/red colours. The nose provides characters of cigar box, anise, red fruits, dry herbs and more. Beautifully fragrant. Really exciting. There is some development but also a future. Soft and voluptuous but refined; elegant yet intense. Lovely soft cashmere-like tannins. This was clearly a wine of real class and quality. 

I didn’t pick it as a Hill of Grace but it was not that big of a surprise when revealed. 

96

  • 96p

Intense deep crimson with violet hues. Complex aromas of concentrated dark berry fruits and blackcurrant with nuances of oriental spices, mint and crushed herbs. The palate is plush and full of rich dark fruit and dried herb flavours, elegant layers of fine tannin and a long, complete and luscious finish.

Vintage 2005 was early, warm, quick, fantastic quality with good yields - and exhausting. Above average winter rains led into a beautiful spring, with some early November frosts but good flowering weather in late November and early December. Summer was wet and wild, with an amazing roller-coaster of weekly thunderstorms that helped maintain good subsoil moisture. Rains in January were followed by a dry February, and the dry weather continued right through the autumn. Warmer than usual autumnal weather caused an early, compact harvest of above average yields. The late Indian summer lasted into May, well after all the fruit was harvested, at maturity figures, flavour and colour not seen before the 2002 vintage. The quality of the 2005 vintage is sure to be ranked as one of the best on record, after 2002, with all varieties showing strongly. Once again the signature varieties of riesling and shiraz, from Eden Valley performed brilliantly.

Information

Origin

South Australia, Eden Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Other wines from this producer

Abbotts Prayer Lenswood Vineyard Lenswood

Barossa Valley Johanns Garden

Barossa Valley Keyneton Estate Euphonium

Barossa Valley Shiraz Tappa Pass Vineyard

Chardonnay Eden Valley Cranes

Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon

Eden Valley Riesling Julius

Eden Valley Semillon Louis

Eden Valley Tillys Vineyard

‘Five Shillings’ Shiraz Mataro

Henry's Seven

Henry's Seven

‘Hill of Peace’ Semillon

‘Hill of Roses’ Shiraz

Lenswood Chardonnay Croft

Lenswood Giles Vineyard Pinot Noir

Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc Coralinga

Mount Edelstone

Noble Gewurztraminer

‘Peggy’s Hill’ Riesling

Pinot Gris Adelaide Hills Littlehampton Innes

Riesling Adelaide Hills Lenswood Greens Hill

Riesling Lenswood Vineyard Greens Hill Vineyard

Shiraz Keyneton Estate

‘The Bootmaker’ Mataro

‘The Rose Grower’ Nebbiolo

Highlights

Latest news

WINERY NEWS Sena Chile / Seña 2015, First Chilean Wine to Offer Authentication The iconic wine Seña will be   more ...
WINERY NEWS Vinedo Chadwick / 100 points - On May 13th 2016, Viñedo Chadwick 2014 scored a perfect 100 points from int  more ...
WINE NEWS: Krug Vintage 2004 / Krug Vintage 2004 marks three consecutive Krug vintages “The wines of the year held great p  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Phelan-Segur / Phélan Ségur sale confirmed Today, the Gardiniers have confirmed that they intend t  more ...
WINERY NEWS Tenuta II Palagio / Sting renamed his Message in a Bottle wine as Roxanne. The famous singer, Sting, produces a range  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 14 new Masters of Wine / .
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Michelin bought 40% of The Wine Advocate / .
VINTAGE NEWS: 2017 / Smaller New Zealand wine vintage is full of promise / The 2017 grape harvest has come in smalle  more ...
WINERY NEWS De Bortoli / DE BORTOLI WINES ACHIEVES FIRST PLATINUM SUSTAINABILITY RECOGNITION IN NSW Last night, NSW Enviro  more ...
WINE NEWS: Dom Pérignon 1961 / Dom Pérignon 1961 – The Choice of Charles and Diana Gilded by the morning sun, the B  more ...
WINERY NEWS Fall Creek Vineyards / 
WINERY NEWS Artadi / From 2016 vintage all ARTADI wines will include the logo of the Certification for Organic Wine In  more ...
WINERY NEWS Weingut Robert Weil / BWW - Best Wine in the World Competition! We are happy to announce, that our wines are includ  more ...
WINERY NEWS Pikes / AUTUMN 2017: IN THE RED By Neil Pike Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I like the h  more ...
WINE NEWS: Rosé vintage 2006 / Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled i  more ...
WINE NEWS: Port Vintage 2015 / Cockburn’s has declared 2015 a vintage year, announcing the release of a Port from its Quinta   more ...
WINERY NEWS Cheval des Andes /  Cheval des Andes, the Grand Cru of the Andes, Celebrates Launch of its Latest Release at Ch&ac  more ...
WINERY NEWS E.Guigal / Maison Guigal acquires Domaine de Nalys in Châteauneuf-du-Pape The famous Rhône produ  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 2016 / Australia Vintage 2016 Report / The Australian wine sector recorded increases in the average pu  more ...

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.

96p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Hill of Grace 2005  ( Henschke )

Lovely magenta/red colours. The nose provides characters of cigar box, anise, red fruits, dry herbs and more. Beautifully fragrant. Really exciting. There is some development but also a future. Soft and voluptuous but refined; elegant yet intense. Lovely soft cashmere-like tannins. This was clearly a wine of real class and quality. 

I didn’t pick it as a Hill of Grace but it was not that big of a surprise when revealed. 

96

7m 11d ago

 Stephen Henschke / Henschke Vineyards, Wine Maker (Australia)  tasted  Hill of Grace 2005  ( Henschke )

Intense deep crimson with violet hues. Complex aromas of concentrated dark berry fruits and blackcurrant with nuances of oriental spices, mint and crushed herbs. The palate is plush and full of rich dark fruit and dried herb flavours, elegant layers of fine tannin and a long, complete and luscious finish.

Vintage 2005 was early, warm, quick, fantastic quality with good yields - and exhausting. Above average winter rains led into a beautiful spring, with some early November frosts but good flowering weather in late November and early December. Summer was wet and wild, with an amazing roller-coaster of weekly thunderstorms that helped maintain good subsoil moisture. Rains in January were followed by a dry February, and the dry weather continued right through the autumn. Warmer than usual autumnal weather caused an early, compact harvest of above average yields. The late Indian summer lasted into May, well after all the fruit was harvested, at maturity figures, flavour and colour not seen before the 2002 vintage. The quality of the 2005 vintage is sure to be ranked as one of the best on record, after 2002, with all varieties showing strongly. Once again the signature varieties of riesling and shiraz, from Eden Valley performed brilliantly.

8m 7d ago

96p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Hill of Grace 2005  ( Henschke )

"A really impressive, delightful fragrant nose. Screams a wine of serious class. Cigar box, anise, red fruits, dry herbs. This is just so alluring and appealing. It is also evident that there are a few years here but it has many more ahead of it.
The palate is soft and voluptuous but also refined. The tannins are deceptively abundant. They have a wonderfully soft, cashmere-like appeal.
A beautiful, high quality wine. No real surprise when it was revealed."

4y 1m ago

Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?
Great, a very good choice! Vote now this wine in the BWW-Best Wine of the World -competition 2017?
You will be able to vote again tomorrow

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now it's fast easy and totally free.
Register with Facebook   Register
BWW-Best Wine of the World -competition 2017

BWW -Best Wine of the World -competition has started.  We welcome You to join thousands of experts to choose the best wines of the world. You decide the winners by voting! 

 

PLEASE, VOTE YOUR FAVOURITE WINES NOW and make the difference! 

 

You can vote any Red/White wines from vintages 2008-2017 and Champagnes from 2002 vintage. Just use our search engine to find your favourite wines.

 

BWW is the largest and most important wine competition in the world in terms of amount of wines, consumers and professionals.    

Grand Cru NV (10's), Janisson & Fils
Rosé NV (10's), J. Dumangin Fils
Series C 2014, Vilafonte
Château Clarke 2011, Baron Edmond de Rothschild
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2011, Château La Mission Haut-Brion