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2012 Hill of Roses

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Very deep crimson with red hues. Attractive and alluring aromas of spiced Satsuma plums, blueberries and briary blackberries, with notes of black pepper, anise, fennel and cinnamon, supported by herbaceous nuances of crushed sage. Round and generous, with spicy and wild blue and black fruits, a focussed mid-palate of elegant structure and silky tannins that create beautiful texture and balance for an extraordinarily long finish.

Made from a small patch of 25yo vines on the Hill of Grace considered too young for inclusion in Hill of Grace in the magnificent '12 vintage, matured in French hogsheads (71% new) for 18 months. This has missile power and drive on an exact course stretching out far into the distance. Blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice…leather and earth flavours are wrapped by bonds of implacable tannins on a palate of prodigious length…

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018
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Product Information

Vintage
2012
Grape varieties
  • 100% Shiraz
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.46
Acidity
6.22g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
4 April
Maturation
Matured in 71% new and 29% seasoned French oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to bottling.
Viticulture
The Henschke vineyards are nurtured under biodynamic principles.
Background
This wine is named as a tribute to Johann Gottlieb Rosenzweig, one of the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers who settled at Parrot Hill in Eden Valley. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant the many generations that followed have rejoiced in the riches of those efforts. Shiraz, growing on the fertile slopes in the Eden Valley region, is just one of those blessings. The wine was produced from a small selection of low-yielding dry-grown shiraz vines from the Hill of Grace vineyard, named the Post Office block, that were a mere 23 years old at the time of picking and therefore considered too young for inclusion into Hill of Grace Shiraz. The quality of the grapes from this selection produced a wine that was too good to be declassified and warranted a separate bottling and limited release. The Post Office ruins are on the land that was previously Rosenzweig property, the Rosenzweig name translating from German to ‘rose twig’.
Serving Temperature
17°C
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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. Spring was mild and summer was surprisingly mild which provided for slow ripening and allowed for intense fruit flavours, 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.

Reviews

Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

August, 2018

"Elegantly detailed and powerful with a strong spicy thread that carries a web of terroir-derived interest. The deeply spicy oak draws out the fruit’s inherent nature. Eden Valley sage and caramelized charcuterie with a core of blackberry and plum fruits. Modern and authentic but not quite as multi-dimensional as the Hill of Grace. However, it still shows all the swagger and focused power that comes from this part of the Eden Valley. Ballet-like poise and class. Superb now, but better from 2020."

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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2019

August, 2018

“Made from a small patch of 25yo vines on the Hill of Grace considered too young for inclusion in Hill of Grace in the magnificent '12 vintage, matured in French hogsheads (71% new) for 18 months. This has missile power and drive on an exact course stretching out far into the distance. Blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice…leather and earth flavours are wrapped by bonds of implacable tannins on a palate of prodigious length…”