Deep rich crimson in colour. Succulent blue fruits, blackcurrant paste, blackberry and spiced plum aromas are interwoven with savoury Dutch liquorice, sage, cracked black pepper and cedar. The palate has lovely concentration, with layers of sweet plum, blackberry and liquorice, finishing fleshy and well-structured, with rolling chalky tannins.
At Henschke we have a proud tradition of patiently ageing our top red wines in the cellar from two to five years before release. As a family-owned winery, we enjoy the ability to release our wines when we feel that they are at their best. The 2013 vintage is a full bodied, structural beauty that is approachable now and will only become more complex as it ages.
The lead-up to the 2013 vintage saw an early onset of summer, with occasional thunderstorms and only four heat spikes, into the 40s, over summer. A cooler than average January followed by a warm February, brought the predicted early vintage even further forward. Even after the dry-fecta of winter/spring/summer the word from the winery floor was that it would be another great Eden Valley riesling year, followed up with some great old-vine shiraz. Fortunately, a desperately needed 16mm of rain came, the first for nearly six months, at the beginning of March to help the dry-grown vines struggle through to full maturity. The roller-coaster weather ride continued through March with almost weekly cycles of hot and cold. Cool drizzly weather at the end of March nearly brought the harvest to a halt, but a return to the Indian summer conditions in early April gave us a chance to get the late varieties in Eden Valley over the line for another great vintage of average yields and fabulous rock solid quality.
Braised Duck with Red Molé
"The latest (vintage) has alluring blue fruit and spiced plum aromas interwoven with Dutch licorice, sage, cracked pepper and cedar. On the palate it has layers of plum, blackcurrant, blackberry and licorice, and chalky tannins."
"...Mount Edelstone shiraz, from a 101 year old vineyard when this 2013 was harvested, has an equally compelling story [as Hill of Grace]. This wine was held back a year before release, not at first ready for its best performance. Give this several hours of air in a decanter and you’ll see all its dark purple/blue fruit and plums, dark spices, bay leaf, sage and dark bitter chocolate impressions come to life."
“Made from 101-year-old Eden Valley Shiraz, from biodynamic block. They decided to release the 2012 and then the 2014 and then they went back to 2013 because it is blockier and more concentrated. Heroic, with epic tannins and better balanced... This is an instant classic, which has followed the exact style of the vintage. The nose is sensational with layers and layers of fruit. Very, very serious and incredibly long and heroic.”
”Blue and black berries rolling through the palate…coffee-bean oak, mint/peppercorn notes and florals…You can see this wine maturing – under screwcap especially – for an extremely long time…”