Deep crimson in colour. An enticing bouquet of Satsuma plum, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry compote is supported by hints of sage, bay leaf, fennel and juniper with underlying notes of black pepper. Rich and concentrated dark berry and Dutch chocolate flavours lead to notes of smoked meats and hints of cedar. A swathe of soft, silky tannins creates layers of texture for a long and lush finish.
...Really delicious, a veritable Junior Hill of Grace. (From younger vines on the Post Office block of the Hill of Grace vineyard). 96 points.
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 quality.
“There’s a firmness but there’s so much fruit, so much flavour, so much texture. This is liquid velvet in red wine form. Ripe plum flavours surge through the palate, dark chocolate, orange rind, woodsy spice and musk notes keeping pace throughout. Tannin is both firm and an exercise in finesse. In its youth, according to the Henschkes, the tannin seemed chunky but that’s certainly not the case now; the word complete is apt here.”
"Deep red colour with good purple tints and a spice, earth and tar bouquet which is very reminiscent of Hill of Grace. The wine is lighter-structured though, medium to full-bodied and savoury, balanced, elegant, with supple tannins and lovely finesse, the palate lingering very well. Hot asphalt and licorice. Lots of spice that carries throughout the finish and aftertaste. Really delicious, a veritable Junior Hill of Grace. (From younger vines on the Post Office block of the Hill of Grace vineyard)."
"Measured and beautifully ripened, with a bright, slightly fiery and earthy bouquet of redcurrants, blood plums and cranberries lifted by tight-grained cedary oak and nuances of five spice. It’s long and gentle, with a vibrant, almost plump palate of faintly jammy blueberry, blackberry and cassis-like flavour that extends down a fine, gravelly spine towards a polished and stylish finish."