Hill of Grace 2014 – Products – Henschke
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Hill of Grace wine bottle

2014 Hill of Grace

RRP:
$845.00
Region
Eden Valley
Description

Crimson in colour with deep red hues. Concentrated aromas of blue and black berry fruits, dark plum and exotic five spice exude from the glass, while more subtle and classic nuances of black pepper, sage and chicory allure and entice. The palate is rich, lush and elegantly structured with layers of texture and beautifully balanced flavours of blue and black fruits, dried herbs and charcuterie. Fine velvety tannins and a savoury mid-palate provide incredible length and depth.

Due to the very small 2014 vintage, a limit of 1 bottle per person has been applied.

Amazing aromas of wet aged beef, spices, crushed elderberries, peppercorns and bay leaf. Evolves in the glass all the time. Dynamic wine. Full body and polished, fully integrated tannin to the fruit. Finishes very fresh and vivid. Gorgeous to drink now, but will age wonderfully - 99 points.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 26 June 2019

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2014

A VINTAGE GRACED BY BEAUTY

We describe Hill of Grace 2014 as a vintage graced by beauty. Five years after watching the six shiraz blocks from the Hill of Grace vineyard transform from juice into wine in our open-topped fermentation tanks, we were captured by the beauty of the matured wine; with its complexity, interwoven layers and incredible length.

Stephen Henschke, fifth-generation winemaker

Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Shiraz
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.49
Acidity
5.95g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
7th - 10th April
Maturation
Matured in 89% French and 11% American (33% new, 67% seasoned) hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Viticulture
The Henschke vineyards are nurtured under biodynamic principles
Serving Temperature
17°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 30+ years (from vintage)
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Reviews

MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Specator

October, 31 2019

"Concentrated and effusive, featuring notes of tar, white truffle, Kalamata olive, chocolate and loamy earth, which give way to chocolate-covered cherry and plum compote flavors and accents of Earl Grey tea and dried lavender. Shows plenty of generosity to the flavors, but also refinement and elegance, with smooth, velvety tannins and a long, expressive finish."

96
Paul Diamond Selector Magazine

July, 19 2019

“The 2014 vintage was a challenging, frost affected growing season which has been compared to 2013, where very little Hill of Grace made it to bottle. But patience and a belief in the old vines has resulted in a truly beautiful wine. It’s poised and complex with an ethereal aromatic mix of cloves, dried garden herbs, star anise and slowly baked meats. The wine is supremely balanced with loads of savoury black fruits, seamless tannins and an impressive restrained power to the overall mouthfeel.”

James Halliday The Weekend Australian

June, 29 2019

"The miraculous crimson colour is an early indication of a Hill of Grace that underlines its reputation as one of Australia’s greatest wines...It moves with grace from start to finish, red fruits keeping a narrow lead over dark/black berries. Tiny yield."

98
James Suckling www.JamesSuckling.com.au

June, 26 2019

"Amazing aromas of wet aged beef, spices, crushed elderberries, peppercorns and bay leaf. Evolves in the glass all the time. Dynamic wine. Full body and polished, fully integrated tannin to the fruit. Finishes very fresh and vivid. Gorgeous to drink now, but will age wonderfully."

99
Max Allen Australian Financial Review

June, 7 2019

“The 2014 Henschke Hill of Grace shiraz is a wonderful wine, and should be in the cellar of any serious Australian collector who can afford it. Rich and concentrated, with hints of resinous herbs (think sage and bay), it will mature gracefully for decades.”

Tyson Stelzer Australia’s Wine Business Magazine

June, 3 2019

“A deeply spice-laden Hill of Grace that contrasts cool season tension with the concentration of low yields. It presents the five spice signature of this mythical site and adds winter green notes, tea leaf, bay leaf, liquorice and even coffee bean characters true to the cool 2014 season. It articulates the tension of its challenging vintage with a tangy acid line and al dente tannin structure that call for a long time to find grace.”

96
Ray Jordan The Weekend West

June, 1 2019

"This was a tiny vintage but it has produced an outstanding Hill of Grace. A powerful wine, with the distinctive notes of sage and hints of thyme on the nose. The palate is deep, with a luxurious mouthfeel. Loaded with five spice and anise characters livening the dense fruits."

98
Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

May, 24 2019

“…An icon of Australian wine if ever there was one…The nose is all heightened blackcurrant, the palate is a bed of roses and plums, the complexities come from leatherwood honey and malt. At five years of age it’s a powerful wine, settled with tannin, blessed with robust rounds of both secondary and primary character. Everything is in its right and proper place, and yet it goes about its business in its own way. There’s muscle here but it’s defined by its flavour profile; those exotic truffle-like characters, those honey-and-soy notes, that tang to the leather. You could easily drink this now, it’s in a lovely place, but no doubt no one’s in a hurry, least of all the wine.”

96
Nick Ryan The Australian

April, 9 2019

"A savoury, spiced and mid-weighted Hill of Grace. Dried red fruits, the aromas of charcutier's shed, red dirt, bay leaves, roasted bones and a smear of tapenade. A beautifully poised wine, comfortable and quietly confident. This is a wine that doesn't need to shout about its greatness. Just spend time with it and it will be revealed."

Winsor Dobbin

April, 5 2019

"A remarkable result from a challenging season. A perfumed wine of balance and complexity. Powerful but pretty at the same time, it has lifted spice characters alongside intense dark berries and beautifully integrated, mainly French oak. Delightful."

Huon Hooke The Real Review

April, 2 2019

"Deep red colour with a little purple tint. The bouquet is typical Hill of Grace in its fragrant spice, licorice and raspberry aromas with a trace of tar, some black pepper, the palate flavour mesmerisingly intense and lush, with tremendous depth and velvet texture. A wonderful balancing act, very full-bodied and powerful, the texture astonishingly fruit-sweet and plush - just a sublime wine. Almost endless length."

98
Ken Gargett

April, 1 2019

"Glorious aromatics and a delicacy and a prettiness to the wine. Spices, anise, summer garden herbs, black fruits, cloves. Has both generosity and elegance, but plenty of underlying power. Seamless. Plenty of tannins, but they really do seem to just melt away. Immaculately balanced, a stunning wine."

Vintage Description

Mild and Measured

The 2014 moon cycles put Easter quite late in the season, so the expectation of a late harvest prevailed until South Australia experienced its record number of heat days over 40C in January, culminating in the worst bushfire in Eden Valley in living memory, and followed by the wettest February in 44 years. Fortunately Eden Valley was still in veraison, which allowed the quenching rain to rebalance the fruit, particularly in the older dry-grown vineyards. The change to mild autumnal weather in late February after the rains allowed for a focus on early vintage white varieties, while the red varieties continued to fully ripen. March became colder and wetter, which seemed to change to a winter pattern after the equinox, resulting in one of the longest and latest vintages. In summary, a challenging season with excellent quality but very low yields.

Defined by history

A Vintage Graced by Beauty

We draw on the words of legendary Greek poet Homer to describe our 2014 vintage of Hill of Grace; ‘Beauty – it was a glorious gift of nature’. The elemental forces play like instruments, creating their own symphony for each season. As custodians nurturing the vineyard, the weight of our boots breaking the soil makes our footprints seem large, but nature always reminds us that our part in this orchestra is small. There are sure notes in nature. Night follows day, seasons inexorably change, but in the midst of harmony there can be discord. In early spring, polar air swept across Australia’s southern land, freezing first buds before they burgeoned into shoots. In summer, grasses trembled and bent before harsh winds that reduced flower set. Thankfully quiet returned and flowers became berries, blooming as ever, slowly building in beauty. Fear visited when the mid-summer crackle of bushfire howled past neighbouring lands, but within days a welcome ocean of clouds carried a cacophony of thunder and rain that lashed across the Eden Valley, quenching the dry land and balancing the ripening fruit on our ancient vines. Autumn brought sweet light and warmth. The full moon cycle put Easter late in the season, making this one of our longest vintages. We hand-harvested the grapes. Listened as yeast transformed juice into wine in open-topped fermenters built by our ancestors. Five years later we marvelled at the beauty of the matured wine; the interwoven layers delivered by the earth’s hand to ours, and heard again the vivid music of its creation. From a year of both challenging and beautiful refrains, we are delighted to share our 2014 vintage of Henschke Hill of Grace.

Background

Five generations in the making

Over 165 years ago Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle and farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the famous Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. They were planted around the 1860s by an ancestor, Nicolaus Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of the winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines, which 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 picturesque region in Silesia called Gnadenberg, meaning 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.

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