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2012 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz

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2012 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson, even after five years. Explosively rich and decadent, with sumptuous black fruits that have soaked up the new and used French oak and carry the alcohol with ease. The grapes were picked early between March 9 and 13 before the heatwave ended. Each block was separately made and matured, and the final blend is not made until shortly before bottling. 14.5% alc; Vino-Lok
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Exceptional colour with a bright rim even after 5 years. Impeccable details in the aroma with fresh black berry and black cherry, floral lavender, malt, coconut ice, wheat bread toast and oak. The palate starts medium bodied with lavish fresh black fruits and old vine finesse to the fine tannins, with a mouth watering youthful quality to the tannin and acid with the black berry black cherry fruit lingering finely. A tight and finely wrought wine in terms of components and only a baby with enormous potential for complexity.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; highly fragrant spice, cedar, red and black berry aromas, oak evident but not excessive; it has a silky, velvety texture and mouthfeel to a beautifully balanced medium-bodied palate brimming with black fruits; wonderful length and finis
To 2026
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
OK, it's not exactly a giveaway price but it deserves its place amoung the great wines of the world. Lovely spicy concentration of fruit with lifted aromas that are floral and pure. Palate is intense and very powerful with a silky smooth tannin and oak-infused texture. It has real power and concentration. It's lively, robust and showing great intensity. Wonderful balance and poise and a wine that will cellar for many years. The spicy characters and quite profound.
The West Australian, 2010
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
One of the highlights of the tasting year, this much-anticipated release stamps an irrefutable claim on the very top rung of Australian shiraz. Striking blackberry fruits and a good dose of spicy complexity, there's a bit of bracken here, fragrant rose petals, lighter fragrance, some deeper, profound aromas and impressive complexity. The palate has impossibly long drive and intricate detail, delivering an innate sense of harmony and seemingly endless length. Toasted spices float across a swathe of blackberry fruit. A landmark single-vineyard shiraz with soul and distinction.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
Silky smooth and powerful, with multi-layers of complexity on the palate. The aromas are pure indulgence with a mix of primary plum fruits and blackberry nuances overlaid with spices,licorice and game. The palate has a soft, supple texture with fine, ripe, silky tannins. An effortlessly long palate that just floats on forever. Glorious. Good for 25 years in the cellars.
The West Australian, 2009
Ray Jordan (2004 Vintage) says
Stephen has just released the stunning 2004 Hill of Grace ($525), which he says is not unlike the outstanding 96, with its elegance and velvety texture though slightly more generous. This is a 100 per cent shiraz sourced from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early settlers in the mid-1800s and matured in all new French and American hogsheads for 18 months. It is a glorious expression of shiraz with its perfumed mix of sweet plum and blackberry sprinkled with a mix of herbs and spices. Such complexity, style and elegance, plus the extraordinary multi-layered flavours set this wine apart.
The West Weekend Magazine, 2008 2007
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Holding its hue well; fragrant black fruits with touches of licorice and spice run through the bouquet, with oak in the background. The medium-bodied palate is feline and focused; very long, finishing with exceptionally fine-grained tannins. Harmonious and elegant, there is no intrusion whatsoever from the alcohol; effortless power. While retail prices always have a degree of elasticity, this wine has overtaken the price of the '02 Penfolds Grange, released at the same time.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2008
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; exceptionally rich, ripe and lusciously sweet blackberry, blackcurrant and mint fruit aromas herald a great wine from a great vintage. There is a spectacular range of flavours on the palate, akin to an exotic version of the '86. Average winter rainfall after drought years was followed by a mild spring and a mild, cool but windy summer. A cool, dry autumn provided an exceptionally long, slow ripening period and very good flavour development. A high-yield, high-quality year similar to 1990.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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