Hill of Peace 2012 – Products – Henschke
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2012 Hill of Peace

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Pale gold with green/gold hues. Fragrant and flinty, the nose shows aromas of baked lime, waxy lemon, lime brulee and honeycomb, with supporting savoury notes of crushed flowering herbs. The palate combines the intensity of baked lime, ripe citrus and yellow apple flavors with more subtle savoury notes, layers of soft texture, flinty minerality and amazing length.

Entirely from the Hill of Grace Vineyard. This semillon has been a carefully guarded secret since '12, when the vintage promoted the idea that it's no way intended as a pun to say the wine is graceful, for that is its cardinal virtue, having clamly moved through the 5 years since vintage. It has the depth of flavour that is unique to old vines, achieved without any phenolic wight whatsoever.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, August 2017
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Product Information

Vintage
2012
Grape varieties
  • 100% Semillon
Technical Details
Alcohol
12%
pH
3.12
Acidity
6.67g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
27 February
Maturation
41% aged for 10 months in seasoned 225L French barriques while the remaining 59% was aged in tank.
Background
Hill of Peace is named as a tribute to the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers who settled at historic Parrot Hill in the Eden Valley. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant the many generations that followed have rejoiced in the riches of those prudent efforts. This wine is just one of those blessings. The semillon vineyard lies across from the Gnadenberg ‘Hill of Grace’ church and cemetery. The wine is produced from low-yielding, dry-grown old-vine semillon vines planted on shallow red-brown earths in the Hill of Grace vineyard. The quality of the grapes in 2012 has produced a unique wine that warranted a separate bottling and limited release. Only 600 bottles were produced.
Serving Temperature
12°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The La Niña pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall. July was the driest since the serious drought of 2003. Spring was mild with few frost events; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to only average yields. Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. This provided for slow ripening which allowed for intense fruit flavours, high colour figures, high acidity and mature tannins. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines; ie, keeping leaves active at veraison and ripening. Temperatures were mild during harvest through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, allowing for a long window of picking and amazing maturities with the red varieties.
Shiraz was a standout variety showing great purity and spice, colour, intensity and strikingly mature tannins. Yields were average with exceptional overall quality.

Reviews

James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2 2017

"Entirely from the Hill of Grace Vineyard. This semillon has been a carefully guarded secret since '12, when the vintage promoted the idea that it's no way intended as a pun to say the wine is graceful, for that is its cardinal virtue, having clamly moved through the 5 years since vintage. It has the depth of flavour that is unique to old vines, achieved without any phenolic wight whatsoever."

96
Angas Hughson Wine Genius

June, 13 2017

"Reserved aromas of lanolin and green apple are complex in a pure, clean style with a hint of barrel ferment complexity. Light bodied, dry and fresh it is an elegant, restrained and complete dry white with a long, fine finish, and will improve further in bottle.”

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Nick Stock

May, 31 2017

"A beautiful lemon-scented nose that has a small thread of lime, as well as superb purity and a floral lemon blossom edge. The acidity is striking. Really taut and concentrated dry-grown old vine presence make for a stunning palate. There's a subtle thread of oak influence (41 percent aged in seasoned French barriques, the balance in stainless steel). Acidity is a feature, locking lemon citrus flavors in nice and tight. The depth and power will sustain a long future in the cellar. Try this around 2024 to see a complete picture and cellar for a decade or more after that."

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James Suckling and Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

May, 31 2017

"A beautiful lemon-scented nose that has a small thread of lime, as well as superb purity and a floral lemon blossom edge. The acidity is striking. Really taut and concentrated dry-grown old vine presence make for a stunning palate. There's a subtle thread of oak influence (41 percent aged in seasoned French barriques, the balance in stainless steel). Acidity is a feature, locking lemon citrus flavors in nice and tight. The depth and power will sustain a long future in the cellar. Try this around 2024 to see a complete picture and cellar for a decade or more after that."

James Halliday Weekend Australian

May, 5 2017

"This barrel-fermented semillon has been a carefully guarded secret. It’s in no way intended as a pun to say the wine is graceful, for that is its cardinal virtue, having calmly moved through the five years since vintage. It has the depth of flavour unique to old vines, achieved without any phenolic weight whatsoever."

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Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

April, 11 2017

"Tiny quantity made; essentially cellar door only. From the Hill of Grace vineyard. Grown on vines planted in 1952. Part tank, part barrel...It's fresh but toasty, shows plenty of zest, is tipped with lanolin, steel and lime, and crushes plenty of flavour both through the mid palate and even more through the finish. Super smart."