"Sublime" - 98 Points Huon Hooke!
Huon Hooke 98 Points!
"Deep red colour with a little purple tint. The bouquet is typical Hill of Grace in its fragrant spice, licorice and raspberry aromas with a trace of tar, some black pepper, the palate flavour mesmerisingly intense and lush, with tremendous depth and velvet texture. A wonderful balancing act, very full-bodied and powerful, the texture astonishingly fruit-sweet and plush - just a sublime wine. Almost endless length."
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, April 2019
"100% grown on a small shiraz vineyard planted some time in the mid 1800s. Matured mostly in French oak though 14% spends time in American oak. An icon of Australian wine if ever there was one.
The 63rdvintage of Hill of Grace Shiraz. The longest line of a single vintage wine in Australia. The nose is all heightened blackcurrant, the palate is a bed of roses and plums, the complexities come from leatherwood honey and malt. At five years of age it’s a powerful wine, settled with tannin, blessed with robust rounds of both secondary and primary character. Everything is in its right and proper place, and yet it goes about its business in its own way. There’s muscle here but it’s defined by its flavour profile; those exotic truffle-like characters, those honey-and-soy notes, that tang to the leather. You could easily drink this now, it’s in a lovely place, but no doubt no one’s in a hurry, least of all the wine."
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, May 2019, 96 Points
"Crimson in colour with deep red hues. Concentrated aromas of blue and black berry fruits, dark plum and exotic five spice exude from the glass, while more subtle and classic nuances of black pepper, sage and chicory allure and entice. The palate is rich, lush and elegantly structured with layers of texture and beautifully balanced flavours of blue and black fruits, dried herbs and charcuterie. Fine velvety tannins and a savoury mid-palate provide incredible length and depth."