“It's been worth the wait, and then some, for this is a flawless Hill of Grace. It's an old cliche, but it's unavoidable: it is the ultimate iron fist in a velvet glove. While the fruit remains supreme, there are savoury tannins to support the 50-year cellaring potential of the wine….The wine? Perfect colour, fragrant dark cherry/berry aromas and flavours, positive tannin and French oak support, great aftertaste.”
"Estate-grown at 550m, the vineyard name in honour of orchardist Frederick Croft, matured in French barriques (16% new) for 10 months. An immaculately groomed chardonnay that ticks all the boxes, including a complex, faintly reductive bouquet (pleasantly so)."
"Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Shiraz Hill of Grace is a little reticent on the nose to begin, opening out to a somewhat paradoxically tantalizing black forest cake, beef dripping, fertile loam and tree bark nose with hints of black pepper, Marmite, bay leaves, eucalyptus, licorice and baker’s chocolate. The medium to full-bodied palate is a wonderfully intricate mélange of mineral, savory, dark fruits and spice layers, framed by velvety tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing epically. This is a truly great Hill of Grace that has just entered the first stage of its drinking window and should continue to develop beautifully over the next 25+ years."
"The mature vineyard, and the disciplined approach to picking the grapes using knowledge gained over 10+ years, give the wine more depth and mouthfeel than its Archer's Vineyard sibling. Grapefruit, white peach and apple are joined at the hip with touches of roasted cashew and gently toasty oak."
"From 25yo vines on the estate Lenswood vineyard, picked between 19 Feb and 13 Mar, an exceptionally long period for a single vineyard wine. It's expensive attention to detail. Open-fermented in wax-lined vats, matured for 9 months in French barriques (19% new). Bright crimson hue; it has a very fragrant and flowery bouquet setting the scene for red cherry and wild strawberry fruits on the palate, lengthened by very fine tannins, oak lost in the crowd. Elegance and purity are its keywords."
"7% shiraz, 26% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, 53% from the Eden Valley, 47% from the Barossa Valley, matured in 92% French and 8% American hogsheads for 18 months. A quixotic blend at the best of times and will always bring logistical complexities into play, complicated further by the trial and tribulations of '14. It is complex, savoury and minty, and carries the Henschke stamp of authenticity. But it stops there."
"102yo single vineyard, matured in 92% French and 8% American hogsheads (28% new) for 18 months. Only a fraction of the normal crop, as was the case in many parts of SA and Vic. The colour is that of an 18 month-old (not 36 months) shiraz, the aromas of black fruits, licorice and black pepper, the tannins firm and enduring, yet in balance with the powerful fruit. I remain to be convinced this is suited to drinking while the '13 comes around, the best solution is to leave both to themselves for 5 or so years."
"A wine of ultimate coherence running from the bouquet through to the aftertaste, continuously reflecting the lime juice that is the essence and foundation of a riesling, giving immediate or long-term pleasure. Yes, it will change, but never lose its bloodline."
"70% grenache, 24% mataro, 6% shiraz vinified separately, matured in used French oak for 10 months, blended shortly prior to bottling. Bright and clear, this is arguably the most delicious slurpable wine in the Henschke stable; it's got a pinot noir-like note to its texture and mouthfeel."