The 2010 vintage of one of Australia’s greatest wines, Henschke Hill of Grace, is about to be released and wine critics are already singing its praises, with several scoring it 99/100.
Winemaker Stephen Henschke, the fifth generation to tend the vines at this family-owned winery in the Eden Valley, just behind the Barossa, says the wine matches the 2002 and 2005 vintages.
He describes the 2010 vintage as having “radiance”.
“2010 is a beautifully balanced wine; from a season that was perfect in many ways. I could sit and savour the nose on this wine for hours; exotic spices, sage, pepper and rich layers of blackberry, plum and cedar,” he said.
“These amazing old vines really delivered in this year, with a complex palate of dark brooding flavours, texture and refined silky tannins with incredible length.”
Critic Nick Stock is full of praise scoring it 99 and saying it’s “the Eden Valley equivalent of Burgundy’s Le Chambertin – a bottomless well of flavour, elegant yet profoundly powerful and another brilliant addition to a superb run of recent vintages.”
Veteran critic Winsor Dobbin was similarly impressed writing on his Wine of the Week blog that it’s “a wine of remarkable intensity that is destined to be rated with the greatest Hill of Graces… A wise wine, one that is comfortable in its skin even in its youth, with dark berry notes, a melange of Asian spices, cedary oak and silky tannins.”
Hill of Grace comes from just four hectares of 150-year-old dry grown shiraz vines. Not every year is good enough. There won’t be a 2011 vintage.
Henschke has raised the price of the current vintage to $699, but if you shop around, you may find it for as little as $600.
Winsor Dobbin says the wine will “emerge and flourish over the next couple decades”.
Here’s Stephen Henschke explaining the new vintage.
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