2019 Hill of Grace

Dark crimson with ruby hues. Intensely fragrant aromas of blackberry, Satsuma plum and blueberry are beautifully entwined with freshly crushed violets, anise and exotic five spice. The palate is plush and velvety with decadent layers of mulberry, dark red plum and redcurrant, revealing lingering notes of spice and pepper. The concentrated fruit core is balanced by fine, mature tannins leading to an elegant finish with exceptional length.

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Dark crimson with ruby hues. Intensely fragrant aromas of blackberry, Satsuma plum and blueberry are beautifully entw...
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The Story
A VINTAGE GRACED BY THE NURTURER

"The regeneration of the Hill of Grace Vineyard has been one of the great joys of my life. The resilience of the vines to weather extremes and the wonderful lift in flavour, colour and tannins in the grapes is a very tangible reward. One that I am happy to hand down to our children and their children as they become the next custodians and nurturers of this tiny Eden Valley site.
I have always felt a deep need to nurture the earth, and to protect the many ecosystems and species in our beautiful world. My scientific training in botany, zoology and viticulture has been invaluable in my work over many seasons on the Hill of Grace.
In some ways time has passed in an instant, except I now see my grandchildren running through the rows, the soils are vibrantly alive and there are thousands of native plants around the vines connecting them to their surroundings.
Hill of Grace lives within the Australian landscape.
Many hands have nurtured this vineyard. I can see the work of our ancestors through their careful winter pruning. Skilful cuts that allow the sap to flow uninterrupted into the new season's growth. As the climate becomes more prone to extremes and unexpected events, we must plan well ahead to protect the vineyard through whatever may come.
2019 gave us many challenges to meet. Low winter rainfall left the soil profile unfilled, but our blanket of rich compost and mulch preserved the moisture that was there and kept the root zone cool to sustain our dry-grown vines through the summer’s heat. Soil micro-organisms also provided moisture and nutrients to the vines throughout the season.
With less fruit on the vines because of frosts during budburst and flower set, and hail that fell in late November, we worked hard through summer to nurture the precious bunches remaining. We lifted the canopy to allow the sunlight to build deep colour, flavour complexity and silky tannins. With miniscule yields, the quality produced by these 160-year-old vines shone through.
Our love and nourishment in the vineyard has been returned in the wine. The 2019 Hill of Grace is fragrant with an abundance of blackberries and blueberries, beautifully entwined with crushed violet, anise and five spice. The palate plush, with layers of spice and pepper over dark fruits, and the tannins fine, mature and seamless. In this very limited release, the essence of the vineyard lingers in every taste."
- Prue Henschke, Viticulturist

The History

Over 180 years ago, Johann Christian Henschke came from
Silesia to settle and build his farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time
third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the now
famed Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. The original vines,
known as the ‘Grandfathers’, were planted around 1860 by an ancestor, Nicolaus
Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of
the Henschke family winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has
excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines, that sit at an
altitude of 400m, with an average rainfall of 520mm. Hill of Grace is a unique,
delineated, historic single vineyard that lies opposite a beautiful old
Lutheran church, which is named after a region in Silesia known as Gnadenberg,
translating to ‘Hill of Grace’. Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard
shiraz wine from this vineyard in 1958 from handpicked grapes vinified in
traditional open-top fermenters. The original Ancestors (vines over 125 years)
are now approximately 160 years old and remain the heart of the Hill of Grace
wine, along with a small selection of Centenarians (vines over 100 years),
Survivors (vines over 70 years), and Old Vines (vines over 35 years), all
planted on their own roots.

Product Information

Varieties: 100% Shiraz

Harvest Date: 8 March

Alcohol: 14.5%

Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential: 30+ years (from vintage)

Vintage

A mild and dry winter, followed by a dry and windy spring, saw frost events in September and November that disrupted budburst and young shoot growth. A hailstorm in late November impacted the fresh young shoots carrying the crop, with shiraz the most affected. Warmer than average temperatures in January and February, including the hottest summer’s day on record, led to the advancement of maturity and early onset of vintage. Warm weather in late summer maintained low disease pressure and small berry size, providing optimal ripening conditions. Despite miniscule yields, 2019 was a high-quality vintage with beautiful expressions of varietal character, good structure and excellent flavour intensity. The 2019 vintage will be remembered as a challenging season where regenerative viticulture and organic and biodynamic practices were vital to nurturing the health of the Henschke vineyards through an exceptionally warm and dry year.

A VINTAGE GRACED BY THE NURTURER

"The regeneration of the Hill of Grace Vineyard has been one of the great joys of my life. The resilience of the vines to weather extremes and the wonderful lift in flavour, colour and tannins in the grapes is a very tangible reward. One that I am happy to hand down to our children and their children as they become the next custodians and nurturers of this tiny Eden Valley site.
I have always felt a deep need to nurture the earth, and to protect the many ecosystems and species in our beautiful world. My scientific training in botany, zoology and viticulture has been invaluable in my work over many seasons on the Hill of Grace.
In some ways time has passed in an instant, except I now see my grandchildren running through the rows, the soils are vibrantly alive and there are thousands of native plants around the vines connecting them to their surroundings.
Hill of Grace lives within the Australian landscape.
Many hands have nurtured this vineyard. I can see the work of our ancestors through their careful winter pruning. Skilful cuts that allow the sap to flow uninterrupted into the new season's growth. As the climate becomes more prone to extremes and unexpected events, we must plan well ahead to protect the vineyard through whatever may come.
2019 gave us many challenges to meet. Low winter rainfall left the soil profile unfilled, but our blanket of rich compost and mulch preserved the moisture that was there and kept the root zone cool to sustain our dry-grown vines through the summer’s heat. Soil micro-organisms also provided moisture and nutrients to the vines throughout the season.
With less fruit on the vines because of frosts during budburst and flower set, and hail that fell in late November, we worked hard through summer to nurture the precious bunches remaining. We lifted the canopy to allow the sunlight to build deep colour, flavour complexity and silky tannins. With miniscule yields, the quality produced by these 160-year-old vines shone through.
Our love and nourishment in the vineyard has been returned in the wine. The 2019 Hill of Grace is fragrant with an abundance of blackberries and blueberries, beautifully entwined with crushed violet, anise and five spice. The palate plush, with layers of spice and pepper over dark fruits, and the tannins fine, mature and seamless. In this very limited release, the essence of the vineyard lingers in every taste."
- Prue Henschke, Viticulturist

Over 180 years ago, Johann Christian Henschke came from
Silesia to settle and build his farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time
third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the now
famed Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. The original vines,
known as the ‘Grandfathers’, were planted around 1860 by an ancestor, Nicolaus
Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of
the Henschke family winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has
excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines, that sit at an
altitude of 400m, with an average rainfall of 520mm. Hill of Grace is a unique,
delineated, historic single vineyard that lies opposite a beautiful old
Lutheran church, which is named after a region in Silesia known as Gnadenberg,
translating to ‘Hill of Grace’. Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard
shiraz wine from this vineyard in 1958 from handpicked grapes vinified in
traditional open-top fermenters. The original Ancestors (vines over 125 years)
are now approximately 160 years old and remain the heart of the Hill of Grace
wine, along with a small selection of Centenarians (vines over 100 years),
Survivors (vines over 70 years), and Old Vines (vines over 35 years), all
planted on their own roots.

Varieties: 100% Shiraz

Harvest Date: 8 March

Alcohol: 14.5%

Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential: 30+ years (from vintage)

A mild and dry winter, followed by a dry and windy spring, saw frost events in September and November that disrupted budburst and young shoot growth. A hailstorm in late November impacted the fresh young shoots carrying the crop, with shiraz the most affected. Warmer than average temperatures in January and February, including the hottest summer’s day on record, led to the advancement of maturity and early onset of vintage. Warm weather in late summer maintained low disease pressure and small berry size, providing optimal ripening conditions. Despite miniscule yields, 2019 was a high-quality vintage with beautiful expressions of varietal character, good structure and excellent flavour intensity. The 2019 vintage will be remembered as a challenging season where regenerative viticulture and organic and biodynamic practices were vital to nurturing the health of the Henschke vineyards through an exceptionally warm and dry year.