Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017


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Eden Valley, Australia
99 points




Hill of Grace is surely 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 that overlooks the vineyard. The 4ha single-vineyard shiraz planting is situated at the historic village of Parrot Hill 4km northwest of Henschke Cellars.

Cyril Henschke created the first Hill of Grace in 1958 from Shiraz vines at Hill of Grace vineyard, up to 100 years old. The exceptional quality of the wine combined with the charm of the name captured the imagination of consumers.


99 points
James Halliday

Grace by name, grace by nature; it's a perfectly framed, an elegant snapshot of pristine fruit, site, and season. Precisely ripened berry fruits are underscored with notes of Chinese five-spice, sage, jasmine, licorice, mocha, blackberry pastille, charcuterie, wildflowers, and cherry clafoutis. Pitch-perfect and elegant on the palate, the tannin-acid architecture is tuned and Sympatico with the pristine ancestor-vine fruit and a very long, silken finish that resonates with style and place. My goodness, it's lovely.

19.5 points
Matthew Jukes

2017 Hill of Grace is inky black, and the nose is loaded with exotic spices, violets, and chypre. This is a masculine, power-packed wine with amazing amplitude and depth of flavour, but it is in no way heavy or ponderous. There is a ‘cool vintage’ feel throughout, and this means that each indulgent black-cherry-soaked sip is countered by revitalizing grip and freshness, which is extremely enjoyable. Like a black panther waiting to pounce, this is a youthful, vigorous Hill of Grace, and while this is not a showy, sweet-fruited, juicy vintage, it is definitely a wine that will appeal to true connoisseurs of this estate because we all know that the leaner, more athletic wines will make old bones with ease! 2017 Hill of Grace is akin to a full orchestra performing an intricate piece that requires a perfect command of each and every instrument. It is the antithesis of a greatest-hits, opera-light track packed with crowd-pleasing crashing and bashing, and this is why I really admire just how elegant this wine is in 2017.


Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2045
Food pairing
Dry Aged Wagin Duck

Tasting Profile

Deep crimson in colour with violet hues. Lifted, exotic aromas of star anise, sage, bay leaf, and fennel frame dark and brooding blackberry, Satsuma plum, mulberry, and red currant notes.
The palate is rich, plush, and concentrated with amazing depth and complexity from succulent plum, blackberry, and blueberry revealing star anise, black pepper, charcuterie, and cedar. Balanced acidity provides freshness and structure, while layers of silky tannins result in an elegant finish with exceptional length.

Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017

Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017
Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017

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