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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
98
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.
2040
Rob Geddes MW
97
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A stylish, regional shiraz of genuine concentration and balance. Steeped in ripe aromas of blackberries, cassis, mulberries and dark plums knit with sweet cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak, it's backed by briary nuances of dried herbs and white pepper. Its sumptuous, deeply layered palate of dense dark berry/plum fruit, sweet oak and pliant al dente tannin finishes with exceptional length and intensity, but remains evenly paced and measured. Marginally ripe and jammy, at the cost of some shape and definition, for an even higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The colour is relatively light, but the hue clear and youthful. The wine is by no means a blockbuster, and neatly sidesteps the tough tannin issue that dogged many red wines from the vintage. There is a profusion of red and black cherry and plum fruit flavours encircled by fine, gently savoury and ripe tannins. The overall balance is impeccable, as befits a wine of this stature.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The vintage that marks the 50th year of Henschke s Hill of Grace-labelled wine from the Gnadenberg village, where the oldest Grandfather vines have been sited since 1860. Henschke has deemed 2007
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Scented with exotic, briary and peppery aromas of cassis, blackberries, dark plums and mulberries, it's handsomely cloaked in smoky chocolate/vanilla oak and lifted by a whiff of cinnamon, clove and marsala-like spices. Fullish to medium in weight, it's steeped in rich, juicy flavours of small black, blue and red berries, dark plums framed by supple, velvety tannins, extending towards an exceptionally long and measured finish. A hint of currant provides the merest suggestion of overripeness, but this is a long-term wine of true class and an excellent outcome from this hot vintage.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
96
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
First made in 1958 this wine is always released on the nearest week day to April 2. The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine put it in a class of its own. The oldest vines the grandfathers were planted in 1860 and the rest of the vineyard is a tapestry of more recent plantings that are all 60+ years of age. 2007 is refined especially for the vintage and the first 100% new French oak.
Rob Geddes MW
94
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
97
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
2016–30
Australian Wine Vintages
96
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
97
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Very stylish, smooth and seamless, with a rather closed but assertive bouquet whose minty dark fruit aromas are lifted by wild, floral notes, coupled with assertive, pencil shavings French oak and backed by musky, spicy and meaty undertones. Underpinned by firm, but supple, dusty tannin and knit with fine-grained, chocolatey oak, it's dripping with concentrated flavours of blackberries, red cherries, cassis and blueberries, with a meaty, mineral underswell of complexity. It finishes long and vibrant, with suggestions of animal hide and cracked pepper.
The Australian Wine Annual
96
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.
2017
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
99
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Charmingly ripe, with a heady, lightly peppery bouquet of blueberries, cranberries, cassis and blackberries coupled with cedar/vanilla oak, it's backed by nuances of dark chocolate and a suggestion of raisins. Smooth and polished, its luscious presence of plush dark fruits and vanilla/coconut oak eases into a velvet-like undercarriage of pliant tannin. It finishes just a little angular, with a lingering raisined note, but just lacks the focus at the finish to zip it uptight again.
2013-2017
Australian Wine Annual 2010
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own.
2011-15
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has a Fragrant and expressive bouquet of plum and blackberry fruit with a strong spicy overlay, oak evident but not aggressive; the velvety, supple palate is laden with perfectly ripened black fruits and soft tannins in gentle support; has the hallmark seductive style of Hill of Grace. Shiraz.
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2010
96
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
98
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
When the Hill of Grace vineyard was planted in the 1860s, Adelaide was just over twenty years old - which puts the profound history of this vineyard in perspective. This year's release smells of oyster shells and baked bread, violets and crushed spice. In some ways you'd call it herbal - like dried herbs and dried grass. It's complex but not necessarily effusive, the need for extra time in the bottle paramount. The palate, though, is a boon - glorious fruit purity. Plum jam, crushed violets, cedarwood and barrel smoke. Velvety texture, like grabbing handfuls of fresh blueberries and boysenberries. Tannins reach nicely through the wine, and finish with an exotic aftertaste of soy and sesame.
2015-2030
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Typically medium-bodied and restrained, showing its class with its extreme length and great balance. Berry fruits and seductive spicy notes are in plentiful supply.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
This, fast becoming Australia's most famous and sought after wine, shows less artefact than most at this level. Intense cool-climate fruit displays terrific resolve, the oak is in check, mixed berries and cinnamon spice, finely detailed. Sweet fruit coats the palate in rich flavoursome layers, backed by chewy, dense old vine tannins that sit in compact formation - fine and elegant, yet uncompromising in their density and length. Smooth and integrated, long and supple.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Pungent, meaty and reductive, this sumptuously flavoured, fine-grained and elegant shiraz of full to medium weight steadily unfolds its layers of exotic, musky, dark-fruited perfume of briar, mint, woodsmoke and sweet leather, and a sumptuous expression of spicy, slightly sour-edged fruit tightly knit with fine, powdery tannins and generous new smoky, caramel-like oak. Dripping with black plums and berries, it finishes very slightly edgy with nuances of star anise, cloves and licorice.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
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
97
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
The colour is typical of many '03s, slightly blurred, as is the flavour and structure; a puzzling decision to release, and even more the price ($150 above '02 Grange).
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
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
97
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A near-perfect Eden Valley shiraz whose deep scents of violets, cassis, cherries, mulberries and ripe plums overlie sweet cedar/vanilla/coconut ice-like oak, pepper, musky spice and nuances of undergrowth. It's supremely smooth and unctuous, presenting an intense, long and vibrant core of dark berry/plum fruit with a slightly wild and briary aspect. Underpinned by classically fine and powdery tannin, it finishes with lingering fruit and licorice-like influences. Artfully balanced and integrated.
2022-2032+
Australian Wine Annual 2008
97
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
2013
Australian Wine Vintages
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Dusty, earthy, black fruits and mocha aromas; springs into life on the palate, with wonderfully long and persistent red and black fruits; gentle tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A plush, smooth and densely flavoured shiraz whose slightly jammy expression of redcurrants, liqueur cherries, mulberries and cassis-like fruit reflects the exceptionally hot 2001 vintage. Its aromas reveal undertones of cedar and sweet leather, with coconut ice-like oak, while its palate presents a rich array of spicy fruit backed by dark chocolate oak influences. There's a herbal edge beneath the fruit, while the savoury finish is just slightly attenuated and lacking definition.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
Rob Geddes MW (2001 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; a clean and rich array of black berries, spice, licorice and compatible oak, then a palate with abundant dark berry and bitter chocolate flavour, with controlled tannins and oak. Has great length and great balance; fully reflects the outstanding vintage, and has an indefinite life in front of it if well cellared.
2005-2025
Australian Wine Companion 2004
96
Rob Geddes MW (1996 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
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
97
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; vanillin oak is immediately evident on the bouquet, but without subduing the smooth supple fruit, showing none of the 'sauvage' characters of the '93. A lovely wine on the palate, although the oak is very evident, perhaps supporting, perhaps distracting, from the fruit. A mild, dry summer with a slow start to vintage was followed by two weeks of hot weather which ripened everything at once. Stephen Henschke described it as the year of the 'black ferments', and regards it as having the potential of being one of the best ever vintages.
2004-2019
Australian Wine Companion 2000
94
Rob Geddes MW (1994 Vintage) says
The relative (to the Barossa floor) gentle tannins and graceful sweet fruit structure and flavour of this wine puts it in a class of its own
2008
Rob Geddes MW
95
James Halliday (1993 Vintage) says
Medium to fall red-purple; the bouquet is essentially fruit-driven, with utterly classic varietal character showing a range of liquorice, earth and black cherry aromas supported by subtle oak. A mouthfilling and luscious wine, with wonderfully rich liquorice and dark chocolate fruit, supported by an echo of vanillin oak. A wine which comes again and again as you taste it.
2000-2010
Australian Wine Companion 1999
95

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