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Henschke `Hill of Grace` 1978 (1x 750mL), Edeny Valley, Cork

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0002-2472210

Part of Sale: Super Hits from the Past - Feat. Wines of the 1970s

GST: Inclusive

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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Overview

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, single historic 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.

Region:
SA - Eden Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

96 Points. Jeremy Oliver - Wine Annual 2004

In a country full of spectacular single vineyard shiraz wines, Steven Henschke's signature wine from this individual Eden Valley vineyard has consistently been the best and most important.

91 Points. Campbell Mattinson - Wine Front. 21 December 2009

This was tasted at a Henschke Hill of Grace event in 2008, alongside some old Mount Edelstone and Cyril cabernet. All the Hensche 1878s at this tasting were farmy and overly dry, and yet all of them were still very good.

This is so fragrant you can smell it across the room. It’s also dramatically drying through the finish. It’s floral and leathery and strong, its broad shoulders of flavour still holding up an interesting show of muscular flavour. Lots of depth and class through the mid-palate. Really pretty, despite its farmy, gamey, bretty aspects. A joyful experience.

Vintage
1978
Region
SA - Eden Valley
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

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Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German ‘Gnadenberg’, a region in Silesia, and the name given to the lovely Lutheran Church across the road. For Henschke it is the name of both the vineyard and the wine that has so captured the heart of the red wine lover.

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 shiraz 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. Hill of Grace is a unique delineated single historic vineyard. The vineyard lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran Church, built of local field stone, which was euphoniously named Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace.

In 1951 the property was purchased by Louis Edmund Henschke, a son of Paul Alfred Henschke, who worked the vineyard and property for nearly 40 years. The family continues to maintain the heritage.

The vineyard is planted predominantly to shiraz, but a surprise to many is that it also includes other varieties: riesling, semillon and mataro (mourvèdre), with sercial now only a distant memory. But this planting of several varieties in the ‘garden’ as the old Barossan growers called their vineyard, is typical - a sort of hedging their bets against the vagaries of Mother Nature. The whites are used in Eden Valley varietals, and the mataro… well, that’s one of Mother Nature’s later maturing varieties. It has gone into Hill of Grace at times, but usually it just doesn’t ripen enough.

Cyril Henschke, the fourth generation, made the first single-vineyard wine from these vines in 1958. The original vines are now over 145 years old. The handpicked grapes are vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.

Dark crimson in colour. A complex, spicy nose of tar, anise, blackberries and blueberries with hints of five spice, vanilla and cedar. The sweet, lush and fleshy palate displays great depth and texture, with excellent length and intensity and fine, velvety tannins.

Top Vintages

2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1978

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