1986 Henschke "Hill of Grace" Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional vintage. A clean wine after a period of several bacterially-affected vintages, this has lovely creamy spice notes and a tarry edge, plenty of sage, quite a strong vineyard stamp here, really fresh black fruits and plums. The palate delivers beautifully phrased tannins that carry bright ripe red fruit flavours with real energy and verve, lovely drive, balance and persistence here. Drinking very well, easily ten or more years ahead, more for the best bottles. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep brick color, the 1986 Hill of Grace is a well-defined nose of dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of truffles, menthol, earth and cigar boxes. Medium-bodied with good fruit concentration and plenty of savory, spicy layers of flavors, it has bright acid, medium-firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. It is mature. (LPB)
Markedly darker than most and still crimson with some notes of purple! Fresh, vital. Intense, vigorous, rich and round. Real grunt to this wine. Suddenly quite different from its immediate predecessors. Such concentration and energy. Still youthful. Spicy dry powder (five spice is suggested) harking back to the first few vintages. Liquorice. Lots of fine tannin here too. 19/20 points (JR)