Henschke Hill of Roses Shiraz 2012
100% shiraz grown on the Hill of Grace vineyard. Matured in 71% new and 29% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Very deep crimson with red hues. Attractive and alluring aromas of spiced Satsuma plums, blueberries and briary blackberries, with notes of black pepper, anise, fennel and cinnamon, supported by herbaceous nuances of crushed sage. Round and generous, with spicy and wild blue and black fruits, a focussed mid-palate of elegant structure and silky tannins that create beautiful texture and balance for an extraordinarily long finish.
This wine is named as a tribute to Johann Gottlieb Rosenzweig, one of the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers who settled at Parrot Hill in Eden Valley. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant the many generations that followed have rejoiced in the riches of those efforts. Shiraz, growing on the fertile slopes in the Eden Valley region, is just one of those blessings. The wine was produced from a small selection of low-yielding dry-grown shiraz vines from the Hill of Grace vineyard, named the Post Office block, that were a mere 23 years old at the time of picking and therefore considered too young for inclusion into Hill of Grace shiraz. The quality of the grapes from the selection produced a wine that was too good to be declassified and warranted a separate bottling and limited release. The Post Office ruins are on the land that was previously Rosenzweig property, the Rosenzweig name translating from German to ‘rose twig’.
Cellaring potential: Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)