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The two-year wait for Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz is now over: 2012 exceptional release

Australia’s most famous single-vineyard wine, Henschke Hill of Grace 2012, was finally released to market on 1 May 2017.

This shiraz, internationally hailed as the pinnacle of Australian winemaking, is crafted from a tiny four-hectare historic dry-grown vineyard in the Eden Valley, where the remarkable gnarled sentinels are believed to be among the oldest producing vines in the world. It is the first new vintage from the low-yielding single vineyard to be released in two years, after the devastation of the wet 2011, when no Henschke Hill of Grace was able to be made.

Fifth-generation winemaker, Stephen Henschke, says he was filled with joy when 2012 proved to be an exceptional vintage.

Henschke Hill of Grace is the most celebrated of the wines hand-made by Stephen and Prue Henschke. Meticulous care and attention to detail are lavished at every stage in crafting this wine, from the team who nurture the ancient vineyard with organic and biodynamic principles, to the age-old open-top fermentation techniques used in the winery.

More than just a wine, this shiraz from ancestral vines is history in the bottle. It is a reflection of the perseverance and courage of generations past; of 157-year-old pre-phylloxera vines, believed to originate from material brought out by the early settlers to South Australia, that survived the Centennial and Federation droughts; and of the cultural journey that can be mapped from the first bottling in 1958 by Stephen’s father Cyril to now.

Every vintage from the revered single-vineyard Hill of Grace is a limited release, but some are more limited than others. Just one barrel was produced in 2003 with extremely tiny vintages for 2013 and 2014. There was no Henschke Hill of Grace made in 1960, 1974, 2000 and 2011.

Henschke Hill of Grace 2012 (RRP $825) is now available through fine wine retailers, restaurants and the Henschke website and cellar door.