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Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008

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    Matured in new French (84%) and American (16%) hogsheads for 21 months prior to blending and bottling. The 2008 is spicy and racy. Plenty of energy and concentration here. It finishes dry with fine graphite tannins with satisfying five-spice notes. Very typical of this vineyard. Drink 2018-2042.

    Matured in new French (84%) and American (16%) hogsheads for 21 months prior to blending and bottling. The 2008 is spicy and racy. Plenty of energy and concentration here. It finishes dry with fine graphite tannins with satisfying five-spice notes. Very typical of this vineyard. Drink 2018-2042.

    Varietal

    Shiraz

    Country

    Australia

    Region

    Eden Valley, South Australia

    Vintage

    2008

    ABV

    14.5%

    Bottle size

    750ml

    Trusted by the professionals

    Deep purple-crimson, even after five years. It is explosively rich and decadent, with oceans of sumptuous black fruits which have soaked up the new and used French oak, and carry the alcohol with contemptuous ease. The grapes were picked early each morning between March 9 and March 13, after the heatwave had started, but before its conclusion. Each block was separately made and matured, and the final blend is not made until shortly before bottling.

    — James Halliday, Wine Companion 98 Points

    Very deep, dark red-purple colour; the bouquet an explosion of super-ripe blackberry, mocha and violets...powerful, full-bodied and very long on the palate. A big wine, with all components in superb harmony. With a youthful firm texture, it needs time and will be a great Hill of Grace. Best 2018-48.

    — Huon Hooke, 96 Points

    Henschke

    The prestigious Australian winery Henschke has remained a family-owned establishment for over 153 years and six generations. Situated in Keyneton, South Australia, within the esteemed Eden Valley wine region, Henschke proudly stands as a distinguished member of Australia's First Families of Wine. Since its inception in 1862, when Johann Christian Henschke planted a modest vineyard in Keyneton, the Henschke family has continuously crafted exceptional wines, forging a legacy of excellence with vineyards in the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, including acclaimed single-vineyards, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone.

    The fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Carl Henschke and his viticulturist wife Prue took over the operation of the winery in 1979 and they are recognised around the world for their exceptional quality wines, innovative spirit, focus on restoring native vegetation, organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard. Johann Stephen Henschke, the eldest of Stephen and Prue’s three children has become the sixth generation member of the Henschke family since 1983. With the background of higher education in wine making, viticulture and oenology, Johann is now based at the family winery as winemaker and viticulturist while playing an important role of transferring his skill set and knowledge from the fifth to sixth generation. As the next generation prepares to navigate the well-documented challenges that lie ahead, Johann recognises the indispensability of innovation and meticulous strategic planning. However, amidst these considerations, he firmly believes in upholding the time-honoured winemaking techniques that have been cherished by the Henschke family for generations. By ensuring that the legacy of Henschke is nurtured with the same prudence and care as it has always been, Johann and his peers can pass on a heritage that will endure and command the same esteemed reputation that it enjoys today.

    Tasting notes

    NOSE
    Explosive, Ripe Black Fruits, Violets

    Pronounced dark fruit, characters, mocha and violets in spades, steeped in French oak savouriness.

    PALATE
    Sumptuous, Full, Harmonious

    Energetic dark fruits, mocha notes and amaro. 

    FINISH
    Focused, Fine, Elegant

    Very long palate indeed with anise, clove and vanillin spice. Epic stuff.