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1985 Henschke Hill of Grace
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Notes sourced from Henschke.
Grape Variety: 100% shiraz grapes from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early German settlers in the mid 1800s and grown in the Eden Valley Wine Region.
Background: Hill of Grace is a unique delineated single historic vineyard. The famous century-old Hill of Grace vines 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 vineyard lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was euphoniously named Gnadenberg, meaning ‘Hill of Grace’.
Vintage Description: Good winter rains followed by a mild spring and a very mild long dry summer provided a slow ripening resulting in excellent quality wines.
Tasting Notes: Brick red in colour. Slightly herbal with anise green, stalky/medicinal characters, exotic five-spice and plums. Fleshy mid-notes with soft velvety tannins and a long finish.
Cellaring Potential: Excellent vintage, optimum year 2010. Reviewed April 2002 by Stephen Henschke. Decant before serving.