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Deep brick color, the 1986 Hill of Grace is a well-defined nose of dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of truffles, menthol, earth and cigar boxes. Medium-bodied with good fruit concentration and plenty of savory, spicy layers of flavors, it has bright acid, medium-firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. It is mature.
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Unbelievable. Had at my 50th Dinner. Probably wine of the night against 96 Margaux, Leoville, 2001 Valdicava Resivera.
Drink Dates: 2005+
Quite dark with elegant but strong and airy scents of plum, a bit of oak, earth, and strawberry. It is starting to thin out in the mouth with some high acids creeping in to the wine?s detriment. Negligible tannin. Just a gorgeously rendered wine with great length ? it does not hit you over the head with power but rather seduces you with its deftness. 100% Shiraz grown from ungrafted vines some of which are over a century old (the vineyard was originally planted circa the 1860s). The 1986 HoG was an exceptional vintage according to the proprietors, Stephen and Prue Henschke. Drink over the next few years.