1992 Henschke "Hill of Grace" Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #200086 96 points James Suckling

 Excellent vintage. A spicy and fragrant nose, perhaps the cooler January at work here, plenty of sage also in the mix, very concentrated and slightly more discreet than the 1991 and 1990. The palate has impressive concentration and cut, really bright and crisp with decent tannin ripeness and a juicy, sturdy and assertive drive through the finish. A great expression of fragrant, Eden Valley Shiraz.  (6/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Earthy, almost decadent-tasting, but there are plenty of ripe plum, prune and black cherry flavors to accompany the gamy streak and hints of black pepper in this distinctive wine.  (11/1997)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-brick colored, the 1992 Hill of Grace exudes aromas of dried mulberries, blackberry preserves, iron ore, menthol and lavender. Well-structured with medium-firm chewy tannins, crisp acid and muscular fruit, it has a long and earthy finish. It is mature and holding strong. (LPB)  (4/2013)

92 points James Halliday

 Deep red-purple; a multi-faceted bouquet with a hint of Rhône Valley gaminess running through plum, blackberry, mulberry, cedar, leaf and earth; the palate replicates all the flavours plus touches of cedar and cigar box.  (7/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark ruby. Lightish dusty nose. But very exciting energy on the palate. Racy and a bit of a pushy athlete. Woo hoo! Coffee-grounds suggestion with quite a bit of (well-managed) tannin. Edgy wine. 18.2/20 points.  (3/2013)

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South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley