Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 2008 (Eden Valley)

The World of Fine Wine Magazine Q3: 2013 Issue 41
“Very deep,dark red-purple colour, the bouquet an expression of mocha, vanilla, toasty oak, super-ripe blackberry and violets. The oak still shows as much as it ever does in the ‘Hill of Grace’ which isn’t much. Very intense, powerful, full-bodied, and long. A big wine, but all the components are in great harmony. Quite a youthfully firm texture, it needs time and will be a great ‘Hill Of Grace’. Now until 2048 – Rated 19/20.
Other star vintages from this vertical tasting were:

1986 (19/20 Exceptional)

1994 (19/20 Exceptional)

1998 (19/20 Exceptional)

2002 (19/20 Exceptional )

2004 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

2005 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

2006 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“The current vintage, is simply a majestic wine, already showing the suppleness and balance that it took previous vintages years to attain. A sensuous wine that snakes through the palate, leaving behind clouds of cherry, licorice, exotic spices and bitter chocolate notes.” Tasted November 2013.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 98 Points
“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.” Tasted March 2013

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 96+ Points
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. There-s a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from 2017 to 2035+”

3 bottles Available (Packaged in Individual Wooden Boxes)