Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 1998 -Benchmark Vintage!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 97 points
“It is hard to find a more compelling red than Henschke’s 1998 Shiraz Hill of Grace. Made from 100% Shiraz (from vines averaging 52-144 years of age), and aged in primarily new American and French oak for 18 months, it is unquestionably profound. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of blackberries, graphite, and subtle wood. Dense and full-bodied yet extraordinarily well-defined and layered, it remains young and backward, with tremendous potential. It is the finest Hill of Grace I have ever passed over my palate and down the gullet.”

Decanter Wine Legends – Wine #8 Henschke ‘Hill Of Grace’ Shiraz 1998

The reaction

When the wine was very young, Australian critic Jeremy Olivier wrote: ‘Pure, concentrated, bright, almost essential expression of vibrant, youthful Shiraz, that should develop especially well.’ US critic Robert Parker said: ‘A gorgeous perfume of blackberries, graphite and subtle wood. Dense and full-bodied yet extraordinarily well-defined and layered. Tremendous potential.’ Another US critic, Stephen Tanzer, found ‘explosive if idiosyncratic aromas. Pungent and penetrating, with compelling flavours of raspberry, tobacco, black olive, dried rose, mocha, herbs and spices, plus a strong underlying minerality. (I was variously reminded of Lafite, Haut-Brion and Ausone!)’

The more fastidious Australian critic Huon Hooke noted in Decanter: ‘Quite vegetal/spicy Eden Valley Shiraz aromas, attractive. Elegant but powerful, ripe palate with spicy/plummy fruit, hint of liquorice/anise, and fine tannins. Palate structure is smooth and quite lovely. A magical wine with a great future.’ Australia’s leading wine writer James Halliday was enthusiastic too, noting that it has ‘an indefinite life in front of it’.

The facts

Number of bottles produced n/a
Composition 100% Shiraz
Yield (hl/ha) 17hl/ha
Alcohol content 13.7%
Release price AU$288 (released in 2003)
Price today £397–£495 per bottle

2 bottles Available (Mint Condition/Cork Closure)