For those with true passion for Australian wine and its heritage, this back release by Henschke Hill Of Grace will immediately be on the wishlist.
The “museum releases”, as they’re known, of the 2005 and 2006 vintages, were recently re-released in custom-made wooden boxes accompanied by a book of stories, history, tasting notes and technical information.
Henschke Hill of Grace shiraz will always be limited. There were no releases for 1960, 1974, 2000 and 2011 due to unfavourable vintage conditions, while one barrel was made in 2003 and extremely small releases are pending for 2013 and 2014.
Every bottle of Hill of Grace is individually numbered for traceability to guarantee its authenticity and provenance. The 2005 and 2006 have been kept aside in the family cellars in perfect cellaring conditions for lovers of back-vintage wines.
Cyril Henschke began the museum program in the 1970s, after discovering the restaurant trade’s fascination for mature wines. In exceptional vintages, he’d keep back a pallet or two of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone to age, a practice his son Stephen has continued.
“The release is extremely limited. This mini-vertical provides wine lovers with either a starting point for their cellars, or an opportunity to build on their Hill of Grace collection,” explains Stephen.
The Henschke Hill of Grace 2005|2006 Museum Release Collector’s Box contains 1 x 750ml 2005 Hill of Grace and 1 x 750ml 2006 Hill of Grace. $1,795 (RRP), from fine wine retailers and restaurants Australia-wide as well as the Henschke Cellar Door and www.henschke.com.au/