Hill of Peace 2014 – Products – Henschke
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2014 Hill of Peace

RRP:
$60.00

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Region
Eden Valley
Description

Light straw with green-gold hues. Perfumed aromas of zesty lemon, clover blossom, citrus and stone-fruit are supported be developing nuances of honey on toast, lanolin and lemon butter and balanced by hints of lemongrass, ginger spices and dried herbs. The palate is elegant and textural, with a lovely intensity of citrus and stone-fruit flavours, and ripe lime leaf acidity that drives along a crisp, fine finish.

Dusty straw aromas, light straw-yellow hue, very typical semillon nose, but spicy and nutty thanks to the barrel contact. It's lean and restrained and dry; the oak discreet...

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 2 April 2019
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Product Information

Vintage
2014
Grape varieties
  • 100% Semillon
Technical Details
Alcohol
12%
pH
3.26
Acidity
6.3g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
20th February
Maturation
100% aged for 10 months in seasoned 225L French barriques before bottle aging prior to release in order to weave the bottle-aged complexities into the wine.
Background
Hill of Peace is named as a tribute to the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers who settled at historic Parrot Hill in the Eden Valley. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant the many generations that followed have rejoiced in the riches of those prudent efforts. This wine is just one of those blessings. The semillon vineyard lies across from the Gnadenberg ‘Hill of Grace’ church and cemetery. The wine is produced from low-yielding, dry-grown old-vine semillon vines planted on shallow red-brown earths in the Hill of Grace vineyard. The quality of the grapes in 2014 has produced a unique wine that warranted a separate bottling and limited release. Only 300 bottles were produced.
Serving Temperature
12°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

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.

Reviews

Campbell Mattinson WineFront

May, 13 2019

"Tiny quantity made; essentially cellar door only. From the Hill of Grace vineyard. Grown on vines planted in 1952. The nose shows pure stonefruit, citrus and honeysuckle, the palate adds lemongrass and lanolin. You’d pick it as Semillon ten times out of ten. It’s highly varietal, minimal oak handling adding a smidgen of texture. There’s development here, shown in wool, toast and spice notes, and arguably it’s now at its drinking peak. But there’s no tiredness, it has years ahead."

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Huon Hooke The Real Review

April, 2 2019

"Dusty straw aromas, light straw-yellow hue, very typical semillon nose, but spicy and nutty thanks to the barrel contact. It's lean and restrained and dry; the oak discreet. Very dry, taut and savoury. A tighter, more racy wine than the Louis."

Jeremy Oliver

April, 1 2019

"Artfully balanced, long and measured, this effortlessly smooth and creamy semillon reveals a faintly tobaccoey bouquet of green lemon, lemon tart and faintly buttery oak. It’s vivacious and mouthfilling, building depth and impact of translucently clear fruit as it moves over a fine, powdery spine towards a soft and measured finish."

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