Henschke Hill of Grace 2015 named Tyson Stelzer’s ‘Australian Wine of the Year 2020’

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Australian Wine of the Year 2020 is Henschke Hill of Grace 2015

Tyson Stelzer, TysonStelzer.com, 15 December 2020

Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 2015

“My Australian Wine of the Year 2020 is Henschke Hill of Grace 2015. I have awaited the 58th release of Hill of Grace with great anticipation, ever since arriving at the vineyard half an hour before dawn, amidst gentle mist and the soft light of the full moon on the day of harvest, a week before Easter. The fruit tasted textbook perfect that day, as it did six months later from barrel, when Stephen Henschke quietly declared it ‘one of those fairy-tale vintages that comes around every 10 or 20 years.’ A record-breaking coolest January in 11 years and a mild autumn gave birth to a Hill of Grace of particular elegance. Its greatness is declared not in depth of colour or might of flavour. A medium, perfectly penetrable red more akin to pinot noir than Barossa shiraz unashamedly declares its restraint. The inimitable fragrance and spice of this hallowed place is stamped with greater clarity and fragrance than ever in 2015. It is the signature of Hill of Grace, brimming bountifully with Chinese five spice, pot pourri, rose hip, sage, white pepper, blueberries and dark chocolate. Every detail is laced together eloquently with velvet fine tannins of a suppleness only possible from vines of such commanding maturity, yet with an endurance that will propel it for decades. 2015 sits confidently and resolutely alongside 2010 and 2012 as the greatest expressions of the modern era of this fabled and spiritual vineyard.”

99 points

The 2015 Hill of Roses has been included in the Top 10 Runner up wines

Henschke Hill of Roses Eden Valley Shiraz 2015

“Hill of Roses is young vine (currently 27 years old) Hill of Grace and 2015 is infused with all of the fragrant floral perfume and exotic Chinese five spice that denotes this legendary place. An effortless core of red fruits is underscored by finely textured tannins and impeccably supported by dark chocolate oak. With outstanding line and length, this goes down as the greatest Hill of Roses yet, and must surely leave Stephen Henschke pondering how soon these vines might graduate to the big boy.”

97 points

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