Henschke Hill of Grace
Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ 2016 — ‘A Congregation of the Ancients’
2016 is the 55th release of ‘Hill of Grace’, first produced in 1958 from vines already almost 100 years old. The revered Shiraz vines sit beside the beautiful Gnadenberg Lutheran Church (‘Gnadenberg’ means ‘Hill of Grace’ in German). The site’s original Ancestors (vines over 125 years old) are now approximately 160 years old and remain the heart of ‘Hill of Grace’, credited by Stephen for giving the wine its exotic spice component. A small section of ungrafted Centenarians (vines over 100 years old) and Old Vines (over 35 years old) complete one of Australia’s most-celebrated wines.
With just four hectares of Shiraz planted on this ancient, low-yielding vineyard, every vintage is a limited release. There was no ‘Hill of Grace’ made in 1960, 1974 and 2000. Just one barrel was produced in 2003; no vintage in 2011 and extremely tiny vintages for 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020.
“The exceptional 2016 vintage delivered a beautifully opulent expression of an ancestral congregation. As guardians of a Shiraz heritage that reaches back centuries in time, we are honoured to present a singular moment in history with the 2016 Hill of Grace.”
Stephen Henschke – winemaker