With over 150 years making wine in Eden Valley, including arguably Australia’s most iconic wine – Hill of Grace – Henschke is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest producers. Fifth generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue, who oversees viticulture, have managed the estate since 1979. Under their expert stewardship Henshcke has continued to reach new heights.
Since the early 1980s Prue has significantly improved the viticulture in these iconic vineyards, receiving numerous accolades along the way, including being named Viticulturalist of the Year in 2020. These improvements started with adding mulch and organic matter to the vineyards to retain moisture, instituting massale selection for new vines, and adding native grasses and plants in the vineyards to increase biodiversity. And lastly, farming was converted to organic with biodynamic practices, which according to Prue has resulted in “greater expression of aromas and textures”.
In the cellar, Stephen practices traditional old-school winemaking with minimal intervention. The grapes are hand harvested and see a gentle maceration with submerged cap and daily pumpovers. The wines then spend 18-20 months in barrel (a modest portion of which is new – 10-30%), before a further 3 years ageing in bottle prior to release.
Two of the reasons these wines are so special is the fantastic old vineyards they own and the fact that the majority are on their own roots, a rarity due to Phylloxera. At over 150 years old, Hill of Grace is home to some of the oldest vines in Australia. Likewise, Mount Edelstone has 100+ year old vines, and their Eden Valley Vineyard has numerous vines over 50 years old. The vineyards range from 400-500 meters in elevation, providing a cooling influence and retaining freshness in the wines. These exceptional old, ungrafted vines result in reduced yields, greater complexity, and ultimately the material to produce world class wines.
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